Sunday, September 30, 2012

FOTD: Cinna's Gold Liner

This was from about a week ago but I hadn't uploaded the photos until now. Sorry (not sorry). 
I really actually loved this look - it was originally meant to just be a neutral face with focus on the skin but I decided to add a bright gold liner à la Cinna from the Hunger Games and ended up loving it. It felt  like my "transition" from summer to fall/school since I don't wear that much makeup to school, but still had all the components that I wore all summer. 
Foundation I used was the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation. Skin products were NYC Sunny Bronzer, Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter, and Mac's Light Year MSF. Lips was just a clear gloss over Chanel's Rouge Coco in Perle. As for eyes, I used the Urban Decay liquid liner in El Dorado, with just Mac's Blanc Type on the lid and Urban Decay's Naked in the crease. Mascara was L'Oreal Voluminous Full Definition and I filled in my brows. 
I hope you're all having a fantastic Sunday :)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

NOTW: Essie Muchi Muchi

Sorry for the not great picture. But this happened to be the only picture I took of this on my nails before I removed it. I need to get better at making sure my nails get photographed!
This is another Essie pink that I wouldn't have picked out of the rack because Essie does so many pinks. But I didn't pick out of the rack... it was laying around in the middle of CVS's Revlon stand and I thought "huh, that's pretty!" so I picked it up. I was recently in the mood for a good baby pink that was slightly darker than my other baby pinks. OPI's Fly is similar in color, maybe slightly less milky. Either way, I did quite like it on my nails. All the little girls in daycare loved it lol.
I used Nubar's Foundation Base Coat and Seche Vite. This lasted on my nails without chipping or wear for 2 days before I removed it and wanted to wear something else haha. 
Essie polishes are available at drugstores and retail for about $7 to $9 each.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush - Exposed

I'm a huge fan of these blushes so when Sara sent me this for my birthday, I was MORE than thrilled. Not only do I love these products but I had also wanted to get this shade for a long time, so I actually got a little giddy when I saw it in the box.
Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blushes can be found at Sephora and retail for $25 each. They're pricey but are great products. I think they're all, if not the majority of them, are matte and come with great pigmentation. There's a good range of colors, from bright to neutral. On me, the color lasts all day and I rarely see fading.
Exposed is a dusty rose color. It looks brown and neutral in the pan, but is one of those products that definitely adds color when you apply it. It adds a natural looking blush on me, adding just blush to my cheeks that doesn't look warm or bright or "not real". It's what I grab now when I have a stronger eye, or an eye look that doesn't mesh with the peach and coral toned blushes I typically reach for.
The product comes in a compact that comes with a mirror. A neat thing about the Tarte blushes is that you can pop out the pans. There's a little hole in the back that you can stick a paper clip into that will pop out a magnetized pan, and you can easily depot all of the Tarte blushes into a portable palette like a Z-Palette if you'd like to do so. It's nice because depotting can be a pain, and sometimes ruining the case of a pricey product can be annoying in case you do want to re-pot it.
If you're looking for a neutral blush, I'd totally recommend it. If you like blushes like Mac Tenderling or Gingerly this may be something you'd like to look into. :)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set - Holiday 2012

Of all the Urban Decay products, I think their eyeliners are my favorite, especially their liner sets. Every holiday season it seems like they release another awesome set and this year is no different. 
The Ocho Loco set comes with 8 full sized 24/7 liners, with a ton of exclusive colors. Some are permanent, and colors that you may have gotten in a palette for example. For the price, which was $60, it was totally a steal. 
There's a good range of neutrals to more fun colors so I totally recommend this as a gift or something you may want to put on a wishlist for the holidays :) It also includes Perversion, which is the blackest of black liners. 
Urban Decay's 24/7 liner's formula is super smooth, pigmented and stays put ALL day. 
This set is available at Sephora, online only, as well as Urban Decay's website!

NOTW: OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest

Noms. Noms noms noms. It's so pretty. I could eat it. But not really because then it'd be like that Strange Addiction episode. But look!
I was pretty adamant that I wouldn't buy any of the OPI Germany colors. It seemed like a collection of colors I had seen before and nothing excited me at all until I saw Scrangie's swatches. Then I ended up getting 3 of them. *Sigh* lol.
Every Month Is Oktoberfest is the most complex and beautiful of the three - it's a deep purple base, like a Japanese eggplant, with a bright jewel like red shimmer mixed in. When layered the red shimmer really pushes through and it looks like a metallic red from far away but when you look up close you can see the red shimmer mix into the purple. It's SO pretty!
I included a few different pictures so you can see the red shimmer. The purple was super hard to capture though, but if you enlarge the photos you can see the purple peek through just a little on some of the swatches :)
For this manicure I used Nubar Foundation Base Coat and Seche Vite. My nails were intact for a good 5 days before noticeable wear. OPI is available at Ulta, as well as various salons and retails for about $7 to $9 each. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Too Faced Candelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo

Another birthday present post for you today :D
I first saw this on Elle (AllThatGlitter21)'s channel and it was just gorgeous in her footage. I otherwise had seen really nothing about it so I knew I wanted to purchase it but wanted to research it a little bit more first. That was quite a while ago.... like months ago. I sort of forgot about it, even, and then Sara sent it to me and I just couldn't even believe it. I'm always amazed that she remembers what I want for so long and so well.
Not only is it a gorgeous product but the packaging of it is just beautiful. It's super girly and elegant and totally fits in with my room lol.
It comes in a compact that's slightly shimmery, like the light side of the powder on the inside. On the front is a little chandelier which is the same as what yous ee inside the compact.
The product itself has two sides, a white gold side and a shimmery pink side. Both look glowy inside the pan, even before swatching it.
The texture is softer but not completely soft and messy. Almost like a baked product or a Mac Mineralize Skinfinish. The softness comes from how finely milled the powder is, I think. The product swirls onto the brush very easily and the shimmer is not at all chunky on the skin. The soft golden shimmer truly does make you look candlelit.
When swatched and used separately, the gold on the left is a very light, white gold. It makes a fantastic inner corner highlight for the eyes. On the right is a soft very light pink base with the same gold shimmer. When blended together, the gold is pretty strong but the pink definitely does sneak in on the skin. It doesn't lean pink at all but you can see it's there.
This retails for $29 and you can get it at Sephora. I totally recommend it if you're highlighter crazy like I am :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lipgloss

This was part of my birthday gift from Sara... sorry it's taken me so long to finally get to posting swatches of things! I'm sorry but again - school and work take priority :)
Benefit recently released glosses to match some of their most popular boxed powders. I'm a huge fan of Benefit, especially their boxed powders, so I was very curious and excited to start trying out their new glosses. I've talked about this before but Benefit re-designed their entire product line about 4 years ago and got rid of my FAVORITE gloss of all time. They reformulated and repackaged everything. The scent was pretty much the only thing that remained of their first line of lipglosses.
These glosses have the same scent but seem to be reminiscent of their first glosses, especially texture wise.
Coralista is a reddish coral, very similar to Mac's Viva Glam Cyndi. It's not as opaque as Cyndi but the base color is very similar. It comes packaged in a squeeze tube, not a hard plastic tube with separating applicator like their other glosses. It has a slanted applicator, the same as every other squeeze tube gloss.
The gloss is on the thicker side, but not like a balm. It's slightly stickier but has a very high shine. The color isn't completely opaque, like I said before, it's more like a tinted gloss. It gives a really nice tint on the lips, especially because of the nice color base it has. The warm, light red doesn't go on patchy or anything like some tinted glosses do. It feels pretty moisturizing but not completely. I got a good four hours of wear from it.
Benefit has 5 other colors to choose from, most of them looking pretty sheer versus a full cover gloss. They retail for $16 each, which is kind of pricey, and all correspond to one of their face powders. These can be purchased at Sephora, Benefit Stores as well as department stores like Macys.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Butter London Swatches: Fall 2012 & Permanent Collection

Woooooot late swatch posts! Lol. 
In the summer Butter London was having a sale at Nordstrom so I bought a bunch of them, including some of the new Fall 2012 colors.
I in general really like Butter London, although they are pricey. They're available at Ulta, Sephora and Nordstrom and are about $14 a piece but the colors and formula are really nice. One of those "I love you but you hurt my wallettttt" things lol. So whenever a sale comes up for Butter London I immediately jump at the chance to hoard them lol. 
From their permanent line I bought a few really popular colors that I hadn't had before and then I bought three from new fall line including one of the holos :)

British Racing Green
British Racing Green is a forest green with a delicate teal shimmer. It's opaque in two coats and super smooth. This is one of the colors that people raved about a ton but I had just never picked up because I figured I could get it whenever. I feel stupid for not buying it earlier though because it's so pretty! It's pretty unique as well. I don't have very many dark greens, especially in this shade.

Bluey is a sheer turquoise shimmer with blue flecks. In some lights it looks more blue and in some lights it leans a little green. It's opaque in 3 coats and finishes in a very jewel like blue on the nail.

Trout Pout
Trout Pout was released in the spring but I think they put it in their permanent range. It's another color that people really rave about so I thought I'd pick it up. 
It's a very opaque coral pink. One of those colors that I don't really use all that often since these tones don't look great on me but I bought it anyways because it's just SO pretty to not have. It looks better on me since it's not too orange toned. This was almost opaque in one coat.

Cheeky Chops
Cheeky Chops is a sunny yellow creme. This is one of the first Butter London colors I had ever seen swatches of and it started the lemming for them. It's not a pastel - it's not milky or anything. This was pretty much opaque in 2 coats but almost in 1. 

Of the five or six fall 2012 colors, I bought three of them. Butter London released 2 holos, one was pistachio and the other was silver. The rest were glitters. One was a very rusty bronze color.

I seem to have lost the swatch of this. But I'll take another photo of it and post it when soon. This is a pistachio base with holo in it. It's not completely linear. It's opaque in two to three coats.

Lovely Jubbly
This one is like the glitter in The Black Knight. It's magenta, blue, gold, silver... it's super pretty! It layers really well. It does dry to a gritty finish so you'll need a top coat. I think it'll work well as a layering polish as well as on it's own.

Gobsmacked is a gray base with tiny graphite colored glitter. The texture of this reminds me of Finger Paints glitters. It's similar to a lot of products out there, I just don't have any like it.
This polish is opaque in 2 coats and looks AMAZING with a top coat on top of it.

NOTW: China Glaze Foie Gras

Nothing screams fall chic like a good taupey-grey-purple-midtone neutral. Tons of brands make colors like this, especially since they became super popular a few years ago. Now it's a staple in every fall release for every company, it seems. 
Foie Gras is from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection, which was released last spring. A lot of those colors were super fall-like so I actually haven't been able to use them for a while. Since it's fall now though, I get to pull them out :D
It's a creme finish midtone brown with cool undertones. It was opaque in 2 coats and the formula was fantastic. It's lighter and more purple than OPI's You Don't Know Jacques! which is one of the most popular and sought after of this shade of color.
This polish and the collection is still readily available on etailers as well as stores like Sallys and Ulta. China Glaze retails fro between $3 and $7. I used Nubar's Foundation Base Coat and Seche Fite as a top coat. This manicure lasted me about 5 days.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Benefit Silver Spoon Swatches & Review!

Benefit, as well as other brands, sometimes release exclusive to Sephora products. Most of the time, it’s a pack of samples, or some sort of starter kit. Sometimes there will be a brand that releases a palette or a nail collection but generally, if it’s a makeup product, it’s generally not going to be a full size. That’s why when I saw this deal in Sephora’s coupon tab, I was totally shocked because it was so out of the ordinary, especially for a brand like Benefit.
The deal that was going on for that period of time, was with any $25 purchase you’d get a free, full-sized Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Silver Spoon. Previously they had 2 colors, the other was a purple, but I didn’t see that in time. Knowing how great the Benefit Crème Shadows are, I instantly used that coupon and was very excited to have seen that before it went down.

Silver Spoon is a mid-toned silver that’s not too warm nor cool. It’s not incredibly metallic, almost more like a shimmery gray, rather than what you would regularly qualify as “silver”.
Like all the Benefit crème shadows, this was very creamy, and had good pigmentation. The silver didn’t go on sheer at all, although I know by experience with the Benefit shadows that they're pretty easy to sheer out. If you want just a sheer wash of color, you can totally do that with these. I bring this up because some cream shadows don't go sheer all that well, and just go patchy instead.
The easiest way to apply them, I have found, is just with your finger. It works ok with a brush but applying it was just easier with my finger because I had more control over how much I wanted to layer on the product.
Layering powders is also fine with this product. It sets when it dries so there isn't really a sticky base if you wait too long, but shadows easily blend on top of them.
They do crease on me after about 8 hours if worn alone, but I find with an eyeshadow base, they are totally fine to last all day.
I don’t have a neutral gray or silver base, so I’m happy to finally have one, especially from Benefit!