Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review: Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Dry Styling Oil

My haircare will probably from now on always include some sort of oil or serum. I've found that my hair always responds very well to it and likes having some extra nourishment. I've been using a few different types of argan oil, from Moroccan Oil, Josie Maran to Organix and then most recently I've been using the Macadamia Hair Therapy Oil.
When I saw this at CVS a few months ago, I nearly threw a celebration right in the store. I was hoping that Organix would release their version of the Macadamia Hair oil. Macadamia's oil is amazing but pricey, and I was given it as a gift from Sara, which I am eternally thankful for.
I had great luck with the Organix argan oil so I was definitely expecting the moon with this oil. I wasn't disappointed in it either!
It doesn't smell nutty at all like the Macadamia oil does. The Organix version has a clearly artificial perfume to it since it smells pretty floral and slightly fruity. It's also not as thick. The top is lame like the argan oil... it's got a hole and no dispenser so extra oil comes out even after you squeeze. It's really the only complaint I have with the product.
I've used it after a shower and mixed into my conditioner and my hair responds really positively to both. If I don't use it, I can tell a difference. It doesn't dry heavy in the hair either. My hair really absorbs it in and drinks it up.
I still have like half of the bottle left since the first day of use, and it's been about two months. They retail for about $7 and can be found at all drugstores.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Review: EOS lip balm

This should have been posted... years ago. Lol. I've been using EOS lip balms for about 2 years now, and I always get questions about them, because of how they look. Like little eggs!
I first saw this in a magazine like... maybe 4 years ago? Some magazine either Cosmo, or Vogue, or Allure or Elle or something had a little blurb about the "Inside-Out Lip Balms" and how amazing they were. EOS only had like two types at that point (original and tropical fruit? or something) and I couldn't find them forever.
I finally bought my first ones, Passionfruit and Lemon, about two years ago and then the one above, the Strawberry Sorbet, this past winter. 
Strawberry Sorbet smells like a Yoplait strawberry yogurt, or a strawberry cream sort of smell. You all know that I'm pretty sold on anything strawberry so I quite like this scent. The Passionfruit is a very nice summer scent, and the Lemon is a classic therapeutic lemon scent that you'd find in a lot of lip and hand products.
These balms generally last about four hours for me before having to reapply. The actual product itself takes about 4 months of constant use, as I've seen in my friend's "egg" although I have yet to finish one since I have so many other balms to use.
Their original scents, Passionfruit, Lemon and Melon... or maybe it's Mint? you can find at all drugstores. The limited edition ones you can find at Ulta and they all retail for less than $4 I believe. 

NOTW: China Glaze IDK

I love me some holos. I'll probably say that every time I have a holo NOTW lol.
This is an oldie but a goodie. China Glaze released an all linear holo collection like 3 years ago called the OMG collection. I had just gotten onto the nail polish hoarding scene when they were starting to sell out on etailers, so getting the ones that I did seemed lucky at this point. I totally didn't know that I'd love it that much at that point either, so I'm SO happy that I did buy them.
IDK is a mid toned blue purple with a very clear linear holo.
It's on the thin side, but it dries super fast and doesn't get clumpy. It's like insta-dry on the nail. I used 3 coats and it's opaque, and feels like 1 coat. I think most holos are like that.
This is probably the most fun type of polish to wear when it starts getting warm out and the sun comes out because holo polishes are just stunning in the sunlight. I photographed it in different lighting so you can see how different lighting can bring out the rainbow in the polish. The photo above is outside with flash. It brings out the rainbow the most I've found.
In the photos, I have it over Zoya's Anchor base coat and under Poshe Fast Dry Top Coat. 
These polishes are actually pretty hard to find now, even on etailers so I can't give you info on that this time, and I'm sorry :/
indoor tungsten lighting / indoor florescent lighting
indoor flash / outdoor natural lighting

Friday, February 24, 2012

Review: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

I use barely any moisturizer when it comes to my body. I have my Clinique moisturizing gel for my face, my Soap & Glory Hand Food for my hands. I use my vaseline on my legs if they really need it, but it's never really that bad.
I guess I should say, it was never really that bad.
Starting in November, and all the way until the end of January, we had an incredibly dry and cold winter this year. Normally it's pretty wet, and it's honestly not that bad. But this sudden change in climate this winter took an ginormous toll on my skin, specifically on my hands and body. I had never truly experienced what dry skin was like, but I have to admit, after this winter, I have a little better understanding as to why people with dry skin have so many woes about it.
I would still much rather have dry skin (especially on my face) but still, I get it now.
Because of all of this sudden dryness, I went looking for a good, non-greasy daily moisturizer for my body. Having always had good luck with Aveeno products, this was the first product that was considered, and eventually bought to fix all my skin problems.
This is a product that I had used before, and being familiar with it was another reason to buy it as well.
Aveeno's Daily Moisturizing Lotion is non-greasy, unscented, and a pretty light texture. It absorbs quickly into the skin and definitely kept me moisturized all day. It was even recommended as a product to my father, while he was going through chemotherapy and radiation and he had super super sensitive skin - he even said it was a really nice moisturizer, so I'm confident that even the most sensitive of skins can handle this moisturizer.
The tube above is the little tube, which is about $4 at drugstores. The bigger bottle with a pump top can also be bought at drugstores, and I believe isn't that expensive either. I'd suggest looking at Costco by the way, because they've had value sizes of this there for very inexpensive (plus you get 2 bottles... it'll last you forever!).
I keep this tiny bottle in my bag so if I feel really dry at all I can quickly use it and be relieved of any discomfort. The top never bursts open on me and has yet to break, which is a common problem with hand-bag sized things.
Again, this can be found at pretty much every drugstore!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Video! Nail Polish Obsessions Tag


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Questions :)
1. What's your favorite nail polish company?
2. Glitter or no glitter?
3. OPI, China Glaze, or Essie?
4. When do you change your nail polish?
5. What's your favorite color on your nails?
6. Darks or Brights?
7. What are you wearing on your nails right this moment?
8. Matte Nails--In or Out?
9. French Manicure?
10. Favorite Winter Color?
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Amarixe did this a while back and I HAD to do it! Hope you enjoy ♥

NOTW: OPI That's Hot! Pink & OPI Excuse Moi!

Everybody needs an indulgence in life. Usually for me, it's to buy stuff. But I'm on a project pan. I still buy stuff, like pants from Lululemon and J. Crew (I really, clearly have a problem with buying things lol) but it's still not the same as buying makeup.
I have, however, gotten accustomed to getting a biweekly mani-pedi. Again, I have a problem with indulging in things, and I fully admit it. I've always enjoyed a good pedicure, but I've recently gotten the combo at my go-to salon because it's really not that more expensive. I also like watching what products they use, how they use tools etc but I never regularly got manicures. Until recently. And now, it's a regular thing for me. And it's not like I've gotten lazy - it's really quite therapeutic for me to paint my nails. It's a total stress reliever. But there's something about going to the salon and getting the hand massage and not having to worry about smudging my nails to go pee etc etc.
So, yeah, lol, I indulge a lot.
Anyways, the salons I go to carry Zoya, OPI and Essie polishes so I usually go and pick out polishes I already own so I can take a photo with the bottle and it'll be all uniform and such with my other NOTW posts lol. Plus, I generally own the majority of polishes they have.
I went in this time and wanted a full mani-pedi of OPI's Excuse Moi from the Muppet's Collection The lady though said I had to get a pink underneath since the glitter would be too sheer. I said "No it's fine" knowing that it wouldn't be but she insisted. So, whatever. I picked a nice hot pink, which was OPI's That's Hot! Pink, and I do admit I like the combo! I don't own That's Hot! Pink, but it definitely made at "must purchase" list since it's actually a very nice hot pink.
That's Hot! Pink is a slightly darker but still vibrant pink that was opaque in the 2 coats the girl that was painting my nails used. It seemed to flow on pretty nicely and evenly. Excuse Moi is a multi-colored and multi-sized glitter in a pink base. The base is a redder pink than the base pink in my manicure.
I really like the combination of colors. The hot pink comes through, especially in the sun and makes it look like a very Barbie like combination. I love it! I even had all the little girls I coach at swim team and I watch at daycare say it looks like Barbie ballerina pink.
OPI polishes can be purchased at Ulta, online and at salons. They sell for between $8 and $9 each. The manicurist used OPI's Nail Envy as a base coat and Poshe Fast Dry Top Coat.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mac Viva Glam Nicki Minaj & Ricky Martin

Today in my mailbox was a little box waiting for me from Mac. I practically ran up the hill to photograph and swatch because I knew inside would be my new Mac Viva Glam products.
This year, Mac paired up with Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin (who's suddenly relevant again.... yes!) to create two lip products as part of their Viva Glam line, where 100% of the proceeds from all products sold goes to support the AIDS Fund. I'm all for good causes, especially the AIDS Fund and supporting it  so I'm always glad to purchase anything from Mac's Viva Glam line.
Nicki Minaj did pair with Mac last year for a very limited edition lipstick called Pink Friday so it was no surprise that Nicki's lipstick this time around would be pink as well. Ricky Martin's lip product is a lip conditioner in a tube. You can't go wrong with a good lip conditioner, and again, I don't mind paying $15 for it since all of that money goes to a good cause.
All Viva Glam products by Mac can be purchased online and in-store at either a Freestanding Mac store or a Mac counter. Nicki Minaj's lipstick is $14.50 and Ricky Martin's lip conditioner is $15.

Review: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

There have been a lot of really great reviews on this product, and my Mac concealer had gotten to the "really really low" point, so I decided to go and find a new concealer.
I do love the Mac Studio Finish concealer - it's very high coverage and easy to work with. It basically took me two years to finish one of those tiny pots though and I wanted to branch out and really try another concealer. I have a few other concealers from other brands, but I just didn't like them as much as my Mac Studio Finish, especially in the under eye area. Other concealers always sank into the fine lines under my eyes and just never worked as well.
The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer comes in about four shades, and then two different correcter shades. They range from very fair to medium (unfortunately nothing for deeper skintones, which is sad and something Maybelline should fix). The two corrector shades are a "Neutralizer" and "Brightener".
When I went to CVS, I actually couldn't find my shade in their regular color line, so I picked up the Neutralizer because it was a really yellow toned light medium shade. I am purely a medium skin tone right now, but I always go a shade lighter for my under eye concealer. I don't usually have to use a concealer on any other part of my face either, because I always use a pretty full coverage foundation, then powder foundation to set. It's simply just too much coverage if I use a concealer as well.
The packaging for this product is a long skinny tube, with a domed foam top that clicks up the product. Like any click lipgloss, I was for sure afraid that if I clicked too much at the beginning, it would explode the product out.
It didn't do that, but it for sure took like... 15 clicks to get at least some of the product to come out the top. It comes out pretty slow and in big chunks as well. I find that now, I have to click 5 or 6 times to get product out and it's always like a glob that I don't need so I tap on whatever I need, then leave the rest in the foam until the next use. In other words, I have to click 5 or 6 times, I get a blob that will last me about three or four uses on each eye before I have to click 5 or 6 times again. It's not annoying, but I expected the product to come out much more smoothly.
The good thing about that though is that the foam is supposed to be anti-bacterial, so even if you let it sit there it won't get infected with anything and cause breakouts.
What I do to apply it is use three or four dots of the concealer under the eye and either blend it in with my finger or with foundation brush. I usually use a stippling brush like the Real Techniques brush so it does well to blend away my under eye circles and into my foundation. I tried once, using the foam to blend, and I had too much product in there and it was just not blendy enough for me. The foam (which I guess is more spongy than foamy but it feels like foam) sort of acts like a finger but I feel like it needs to be denser or fluffier to be used effectively as a blending tool.
I've found that the concealer doesn't wear as long for me as the Mac Studio Finish did on it's own, BUT if I put an eyeshadow primer underneath it, which is something I always did on hot days with the Mac Studio Finish, then it stays on pretty well. Setting it with powder is also key to it's longevity.
Overall, I don't hate it but it still doesn't top the Mac concealer.
These concealers can be found at all drugstores and retail fro between $6 and $8 depending on coupons and sales.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer "Neutralizer"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pinterest!


Hey guys! Randomly I have an updated "Where Can You Find Me?" post.
I obviously have a my YouTube Beauty Channel and this blog, but I've recently become obsessed with Pinterest! It reminds me a lot of Tumblr, which I also happen to love.
So, here's a list of all the places you can find me :) And please! Friend me/let me know on these places you've come because of this blog because I'd be glad to follow you all back!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Spring 2012 Nail Polish Picks!


My spring polish picks :) I do one every spring and summer! Enjoy!!

OPI Holland Collection Spring 2012 - Swatches and Comparisons

OPI's spring collection is another collection based off of a location, as opposed to a musician or movie, which is what a lot of their releases have been recently. There's sort of a pick for everybody in the collection - a couple of blues, a green, some neutrals, browns, pinks, a bright, a dark and a purple. There are 12 in total but I only picked up 4 because I wasn't that in need of the other colors. If I wasn't on a project pan, then I'd probably be buying more indie brand polishes and special effect polishes at this point since I have so many polishes in that basic field of nail polish.
I think the main thing in this collection is all of those subtle shimmers that you'll find in a lot of the colors. Last year in the Pirates of the Caribbean collection, there were a lot of grayed and dusty hues, which was a very big thing in a lot of the creme finish polishes in all the brands. This year there are still a lot of dusty hues but there's a very delicate and pretty shimmer in a lot of the polishes in this collection, as well as a few other polishes from other brands and collections.
OPI colors can be found at Ulta and other beauty supply stores. The Holland Collection is currently available at Ulta. Polishes retail between $8 and $9.

Friday, February 17, 2012

NOTW: Katniss Capitol Nails - Butter London Dark Knight & Pa AA38

I am a total band wagon Hunger Games fan. I admit it. But I just whipped through the Hunger Games trilogy and it was... fantastic. Beyond fantastic even. It's so good! 
Being a total beauty nut, the totally minor line when Katniss describes her nails to be on fire like everything else in her outfit caught me and I knew I had to do it. 
With the latest fad in polishes being flakies, there have been a lot of photos recently of their swatches and one day it struck me... the orange-green flakies almost looked like fire at certain angles! Especially the flakes that come in smaller shapes. And then it clicked, that I should layer it over black. I wanted it it to be a black to add a little bit more to the overall look than just a plain black creme though. 
In comes Butter London's Dark Knight. I just did a post about this and I thought the added glitter in the polish with it's slight jelly base would add that special thing to the look and so I used it as a base.
For the flakes, I decided on Pa's AA38 because of it's orange base but also the fact that there's really small flakes in the polish instead of bigger ones, which made it look more like embers on the polish. The orange base just added a little bit of warmth to the overall look. A touch but still there.
The finished product was drool-worthy. I died. It's probably one of my favorite nail combos I've ever done :) I'm quite happy with it and I think it looks like burning coals.
I used Nubar's Foundation Base Coat and China Glaze's Fast Dry Top Coat. 
Butter London can be found at Nordstrom and Ulta, although Dark Knight was limited edition. Pa can be found in asian beauty stores. Other orange-green flakies will work though.
This manicure can be EASILY achieved without those specific products though!! If you don't have these polishes, or can't find them, just use a simple black polish, it can have multicolored glitter in it if you want, and Essie's Shine of the Times polish, which you can find in all drugstores.
Paint your nails black, and if you want, just add one coat of a glitter on top. Then add a coat or two coats of Essie's Shine of the Times on top and you'll get pretty much the same thing!
This manicure is perfect for Halloween, or for sports fans who have teams whose colors are black and orange :) It's a neat way to incorporate your favorite team's colors in a different way than just painting your nails different colors!
Outside, shade

Outside, daytime / Indoor lighting, at night

Outside, daytime

Outside, daytime

Thursday, February 16, 2012

NOTW: OPI "Did It On 'Em"

There's going to be a few NOTW posts in a row for a while since I have to catch up on them! I apologize that these photos are both cell phone photos. I didn't get a chance to take a photo of them with my actual camera before I ended up thrashing my nails at work. Just as an FYI the bottom pic is much more color accurate than the top. I just have the top picture with the bottle for conformity sake with the rest of my NOTW posts.
Did It On 'Em is from the OPI Nicki Minaj collection, which is now readily available at Ulta and other beauty supply stores. It's a very bright yellow-green creme. So pretty! It's pigmentation is pretty good. I have 2 coats on my nails. I have a feeling I'm going to be wearing colors like this quite often this spring :)
I used this over Nubar's Foundation base coat and under China Glaze's fast dry top coat. This retails for about $9!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Swatches: Pa Nail Polish - Glitters & Flakies!

So officially a month and a half ago, I went to San Jose to see a Sharks game. Before that I stopped by the Japanese Market as I always do and picked up som Pa nail polishes. 
Pa nail polishes are small, cute, and about $5 each (on average). Given that they come with half the amount of an OPI polish, it's fairly expensive for what you're getting. I know that you can find these in most asian beauty stores and places like Japan Town, but other than that I can't really give you that much information on where to get them as I really only know 2 places to get them. I feel fairly positive though that they're a decently common brand to find in those asian areas so hopefully you can find them there :)
I picked up some more of their jelly glitters and then another just "plain" polish. I then saw their display of flakies and bought all 6 they had for sale at the store. 
I love how cute they are and they definitely give my collection a little bit of a kick, decoration wise, on my shelf. Love it!

Monday, February 13, 2012

NOTW: Butter London Dark Knight

This is sort of a continuing post from my last NOTW post which was for Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue. 
My initial plan was to layer a coat of Dark Knight over Pacific Blue because the brightness of Pacific Blue would show through the basic, slightly jelly base of Dark Knight.
It worked pretty well, but Dark Knight's formula was too thick for it to evenly smooth over to get a good jelly-sandwich thing going. So I just called it a day and made it opaque over Pacific Blue. Hence the blue peaking out from under the Dark Knight.
Dark Knight's formula is pretty thick. Which is nice because it makes covering the nail fully really easy, and you don't have to layer too much color on and risk clumpiness on the nail. The color is a very dark, pretty much jelly black with blue and pink micro-glitter. There's also red, and gold and possibly silver glitter in there as well. 
A lot of people complained that they had to layer it over a black to get a good color which wasn't the case for me. I also was able to get it individually at my Nordstrom, instead of in the duo like you're supposed to. So I have no idea what that was about. But that's why I got just this single polish than both of them. 
I used this to layer under some flakies though and it worked marvelously for that which is again, another NOTW post.
It's pretty expensive, $14 each. You can find Butter London polishes at Ulta and Nordstrom. Actually, I recently saw them somewhere else too, which was an unexpected find, but I just for the life of me can't remember where it was. Point is, they're getting more accessible. 

Mac Shop Mac Cook Mac Collection & Mac Vera Collection - Spring 2012

Mac released their two spring collections last week - Shop Mac Cook Mac (or Shop Shop Shop, Cook Cook Cook) and the Vera collection.
They were your standard sized Mac collections and since I'm on... year 3? 4? of tracking Mac collections, I've now had my fair share of good Mac products so I'm at the point where I only pick up a few of the products because the rest are really similar to products I already own.
I also decided that since I fel that way about this collection (and makeup in general) that I would start a Project Pan, but more details on that will be in an upcoming post.
By the way, I've been posting less and making less videos lately because of school, but I promise the initial rush and stress of it all has passed so I will hopefully be back to a more regular schedule again (meaning daily on this blog and every 3 days on my channel). 
Both of these collections are available to purchase at Mac and Mac online, although some of the products may be sold out already. The products are also available at Mac counters which I have found tend to sell out less quickly than other places to purchase Mac.

NOTW: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color - Pacific Blue

This is one of those uber talked about polishes from the drugstore that was until recently, impossible for me to find. Last summer, I feel like this was the IT drugstore nail polish - so raved about, so coveted. It was also one of those super popular colors in general, as I feel like I saw this shade in bags, clothes, shoes, you name it.
Sally Hansen actually has a ton of different formulations of nail polish, and I don't really know why, but whatever. They're all pretty much the same in price and all wear decently for me, and this was no exception. 
Pacific Blue is a bright blue creme. It's like the brighter sister of OPI's Dating A Royal. Dating A Royal is a slight bit darker and less bright. I don't want to say duller, because it's not dull, Pacific Blue is just more vibrant.
It's just as opaque as everybody says as well. This was just 2 coats, and it really didn't need it. 
I used Nubar's Foundation Base Coat and actually didn't add a top coat this time (as I went to layer over it later anyways, which is a whole different story). Without a top coat it's pretty shiny and lasted like... 6 hours before starting to wear on the tip, which isn't bad considering I went and did laundry, dishes, and cleaned the house. Most polishes will wear at the tip if you do that. 
Sally Hansen polishes can be purchased at all drugstores, and I've found that this is much more readily available now. It ranges between $5 and $7, depending where you get it and what's on sale or not.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Few Of My Favorite Things (AFOMFT): Bloggers


Just a quick post before I have to go and write up more posts lol.
I'm going to start a thing on my blog - AFOMFT. It's a way to quickly update and share more of my favorite things instead of just doing review, swatches and haul posts. It'll be kind of like a monthly favorites thing but it'll be spur of the moment.
Today is a post of my favorite beauty blogs. I'm sure you've all already heard of and follow most of these but there may be some that you haven't heard of :) I basically look through all of these blogs to find products I'm curious about as if one of them doesn't have it, then another surely will.

  • Temptalia - probably the greatest of all makeup bloggers. Period. 
  • Karlasugar - does GREAT swatches - just straight up no bullshit. I love it. Also does a lot of the same products Temptalia does so if you're looking for swatches on a different skin tone or outdoor lighting it's a great reference.
  • Amarixe - she's primarily known for her videos, but her blog is great! She has a lot of drugstore posts, which you don't see much on a lot of "bigger" bloggers' sites since they do mostly high end stuff.
  • xSparkage - another youtuber, she has an amazing camera which totally benefits her blog. She also does the same range of products as Temptalia, but does more makeup tutorials, which brings up a lot more lesser known brands (the big Inglot explosion was because of her, I feel). She also is in total home decorating mode and features a lot of fun products on her site.
  • AllLacqueredUp - queen of macro. Her close up shots of polishes are amaaaazzzinnnggggg. She does pretty much only nail polish and her blog is very straighforward as to collection information and purchasing details.
  • Scrangie - I pretty much equate her as the nail version of Temptalia (although Temptalia does nail polish and Scrangie does makeup as well). She posts almost daily and does a lot of the big collections before other nail bloggers do. She also has really good photos and a quirky sense of humor. She posts on lesser known brands as well.
  • Nails By Kayla Shevonne - She also posts daily and does a whole variety of things from nail art to just swatches. Great photos.
  • VampyVarnish - I think she started off with nail polish but slowly started integrating makeup in as well. She also has great macro shots. I like that she mixes in a lot of drugstore makeup as well. She's also completely vegan when it comes to makeup products so she's a good resource for that.
  • FashionPolish - I found her on Tumblr. Her nail photos are fantastic. She has a really similar nail  shape and tone to me so I use her the most to reference how colors would look on me before buying online. Plus she has a lot of posts on lesser known brands.
  • Emerald Sparkled - She is my nail art inspirerer. I found her on Tumblr as well and just fell in love with her ideas. She has a lot of lesser known brands as well.
If you have favorites that I haven't listed here, let me know!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Beauty Inspriation: Diana Larionov



I think I'm going to do more posts like these (people, blogs, channels) that inspire me just so I can share them and let them get a little more love :)
If you all read my post on Girl About Town lipstick by Mac, you would've read a little paragraph (which is the same as the one below) about a woman named Diana Larionov.
Diana is the daughter of Hockey Hall of Famer player Igor Larionov. Her older sister Alyonka does a lot of media work related to hockey and also hangs out with her sister (Diana) a lot. Alyonka posts a lot of pictures of her and her family, and always reverences Diana as her "makeup artist". Me being attracted to both of those fields pretty immediately followed Diana on Tumblr and Twitter and started looking through her work (which, I generally really like). She posted a look she was wearing on a night out once, and it had pretty bad lighting, was also Instagramed and just... generally not the greatest "makeup showcase" situation, BUT her lips were just amazing! I instantly tweeted back, not expecting a response at all, and low and behold, she tweeted me back and told me it was Mac's Girl About Town. Long story short, even in the most unflattering situations (for the makeup, not the person), the lipstick still stuck out and was a must-have for me.
Since then, I have tweeted her randomly about makeup, and she always responds. It's nice to know that as a busy person, mostly being asked questions about hockey and family or whatever, that she'll respond politely and promptly.
She is a formally trained makeup artist and works out of Chicago. Her website has her part of her portfolio to view, and I really quite like her style. She emphasizes individual beauty and her makeup is never too heavy or too complicated. She has for sure inspired a lot of my daily looks.
For me, the fact that two of my favorite worlds come together in her and that she's always so nice and willing to ask questions just made her a stand out person to me, and a person that I wanted to share with you all.
As a random sidenote, she also sings and auditioned for American Idol with her sister, as well as has a few singles on iTunes and she did a Christmas Video that benefitted (I believe) a hockey related charity. She kind of does it all, and I can't help but be in awe of her.
So, if you'd like to find out more about her, you can check out her website here: http://www.dianalarionov.com/#!

I would love to know about people you all find inspiring, so don't be afraid to leave me a comment :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mac Eye Shadow Palettes - Updated 2/9/2012

My last post of my Mac palettes was in April of last year, and I had accumulated a lot more permanent Mac shadows since then so I thought I'd do a little update post. I also included swatches this time around, just so you can see how certain colors compare and such. 
The majority of the shadows are permanent, but there are some depotted limited edition shades in there as well. I also have travelled with these palettes, dropped some shadows, and have had some slip ups while depotting, so that's why some of the shadows look a little beat up. 
I do have a video on depotting which you can see here. It's one of my really old videos, which is kind of funny because I was still learning things like lighting, angles, and general camera work. So if anything, watch that video for the lols haha :)
For those of you wondering about depotting and Back To Mac, I asked my Mac store and they said as long as the plastic piece the pan sits in (not the part that you can open with the transparent "Mac" logo, but the actual flat piece on inside that comes out) is included, they will accept them. You do not need the metal pan in other words.
Other companies make magnetized palettes that you can put Mac and other depotted shadows into like Z Palettes and Uni Palettes. You can also take out the divider in the Mac palettes to fit more shadows and other shaped shadows if you so please. I just prefer the uniformity and aesthetically pleasing look of Mac Palettes. I'm a traditionalist in that sense.
Just like the other Mac Palette post, I'll bold favorites and italicize limited edition colors. I have 1 pro-only shade and that will be underlined.
My palettes are basically organized by color - highlights, neutrals, purples, blues and greens, and then pinks and reds.
Mac Pro Palettes are $7 for 2 pan and 4 pan palettes, and $16 for the 15 palette (Ps, I don't know why you'd get a 2 pan palette if the 4 pan is the same price...). Eye shadows are $15 in the pot and $11.50 in pan form. They can be purchased at Mac freestanding stores and Mac online. Mac counters have a limited selection of pan colors and I don't think they have palettes. 

Swatches: Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss 008 Peony + Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss 120 Pink Pursuit

Spring is coming so I thought I'd swatch some of my springy pink glosses from Revlon. I purchased these about a month and a half ago, never made a video about it but still wanted to show them off because they're so pretty so here they are :)
Revlon has a few different types of glosses to choose from, including their Colorburst glosses and Super Lustrous glosses. I think they have a mineral gloss and then something else but I'm not 100% sure.
Both glosses are between $7 and $9 depending on where you go and what stores have what sales. You can always count on Ulta or CVS having some sort of sale on brands like Revlon, L'Oreal, Maybelline and Covergirl, and if you don't find a deal to your liking, you can always go searching in Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart because I've noticed that they're cheaper, on average, when it comes to cosmetics.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss 120 Pink Pursuit
Slightly shimmery warm pink. It gives more of a gloss with a sheer amount of color than something like a Mac gloss that would give you a heavy amount of color. It's not very sticky and has a pretty neutral scent. I like using this just for an everyday neutral lip that's easy to use without having to really think about what you're wearing. It'll go with everything.
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss 008 Peony
Peonies happen to be one of my favorite flowers so it's a plus when something named after that is also a nice product. Peony is a peachier golden pink color. The gloss also isn't that sticky and goes on with a sheer wash of color. The one thing is the doe foot applicator is really bendy and isn't my favorite type of doe foot. I much prefer the stiffer applicator that Super Lustrous has. 

Pink Pursuit / Peony