Friday, October 26, 2012

NHL Tutorial: Vancouver Canucks - Shimmery Green & Navy Eye!

2 more to go after this! WOOOOOOOT!!!! :D
This is for the Vancouver Canucks - their colors are White & Blue but they also have green on their jerseys so I made this primarily a green eye.
I added some navy blue into the crease so it is relevant. The rest of the face is very neutral.
Most of the products I used are pretty easy to find or inexpensive or completely dupeable at the drugstore!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Orange & Black Nail Art - Happy Halloween and Happy World Series, SF Giants Fans!

Admittedly, I'm actually not really a baseball fan. But, you can't help but smile when your hometown team does well, especially when they've recently had major success (that being winning the World Series in 2010).
With the San Francisco Giants making the World Series again, and with Halloween coming in a week's time, I got all #OrangeOctober inspired and decided to play around with some oranges, blacks, and glitters. 
This post is pretty basic so for all my regular followers, there won't be anything groundbreaking here but for all you Giants fans, or Halloween enthusiasts... or Philadelphia Flyers fans I guess... here's a bunch of different things you can do with your nails other than just painting them orange!
I hope you all enjoy this - everything is after the jump!

Monday, October 22, 2012

NOTW: Galaxy Space Nails

Left hand, natural sunlight

This is sort of more of a follow up to the last post for you guys than really a NOTW. I guess it is a NOTW because I had this on my nails for a while but whatever lol. Disregard all of that mental diarrhea :)
After I had L'Oreal's Queen's Ambition on my nails for a few days I decided to do some space nails over it to spice it up a little. 
I did a tutorial of this a year ago but I don't think I ever posed good photos of it so here they are!
The tutorial is down below, and I did the exact same thing as I did in the tutorial... enjoy :D
Left Hand, natural light shade

Right hand, with flash

Sunday, October 21, 2012

NOTW: L'Oreal Queen's Ambition

Project Runway has another line this year in drugstores with L'Oreal. Last year's was such a success (especially the blushes) that this year they came out even stronger and larger.
Even though that's the case, I actually ended up only buying a few of the polishes - it is worth looking at though if you're curious. I loved the blushes last year, so if you're looking for a good line of drugstore blushes I recommend those, and to hurry since they're limited edition. They're large pans and were soft and pigmented and looked great on the skin.
Back to the nail polish, this is Queen's Ambition. Last year the collection was based off of birds... I guess this year everything is Queen and Temptress oriented.
Queen's Ambition is a very pigmented black base with silver microglitter. It's the not the most unique of polishes but it caught my eye because it sparkled quite beautifully in the display. Idk, it screamed "buy me".
I used only 2 coats so it wasn't too bad. Would I totally recommend it for purchase over the others? No, especially if you already have a black with silver glitter, but if you don't, maybe go check it out :)
I used Nubar's Foundation Base Coat, and Out The Door top coat.
After this I layered some space nails over it, which will be a whole different post, and will be up asap!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Get Ready With Me! ❧ Fall 2012

Have A Happy Fall!

Products Used:
- Mac Studio Fix Fluid, NC25
- SigMax Brushes
- Maybelline Clear Brow Gel
- MUFE Brow Pencil
- Mac Velvetone Brow Pencil
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Mac Painterly Paint Pot
- Urban Decay Naked Palette
- L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tipped Liner
- L'Oreal Voluminous Intense Mascara
- Milani Liqui'Fye Twist Up Purple Liner
- Mac Studio Finish Concealer
- Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base
- Nars G-Spot Multiple
- Mac Studio Fix Powder
- Nars Laguna Bronzer
- Revlon Black Cherry Lipstick
- Mac Liberty of London Gloss
- Mac Lipgelee

Thursday, October 18, 2012

NHL Tutorial: Toronto Maple Leafs! Shimmery Blue Smokey Eye

Almost done with the series!!! Today's Toronto Maple Leafs, who's team colors are blue and white.
Actually, the rest of the tutorials for the NHL series are all having to do with blue so... we'll see how that goes lol.
For Toronto, I focused mostly on blues and darker blues. I ended up with something very shimmery and smokey and kept the rest of the face very neutral :)
The video will be posted here as soon as it's up!

Products Used:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Mac Painterly Paint Pot
- NYX Black Bean Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil
- Mac White Frost Pigment
- Mac Contrast Eye Shadow
- Mac Mauvement Pigment
- Mac Blanc Type Eye Shadow
- Stila Stingray Liner
- Mac Carbon Eye Shadow
- Milani Liqui'fye Mechanical Liner Blue
- Tarte Exposed Blush
- NYC Sunny Bronzer
- Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I ♥ Fall!

1 Favorite Fall lip product?
2 Favorite Fall Nail Polish?
3 Favorite Starbucks Fall Drink?
4 Favorite Fall Candle?
5 Favorite Fall Scarf or accessory
6 Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?
7 Favorite Halloween movie?
8 Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?
9 What are you dressing up as for Halloween?!
10 What is your Favorite thing about Fall?


Rite Aid Blue Cross Jack-O-Lantern Polishes - Fall 2012

I have a few of the jack-o-lantern polishes to show you this year. I swear... every other district or city get's such a better variety and pick of these and the snowman ones that come out for the holidays. My stores always have the most boring colors... Anyways, these are the 3 I picked up.
Just as a little informational recap, these are sold exclusively at Rite Aid and are made by the Blue Cross Beauty group. They come out with jack-o-lantern and snowman ones, and some regions have been known to get really gorgeous and unique colors. They retail for $2.99 each and can be found in a little display on those little island shelves they have. The polishes never have names or numbers, so this is just what I have to show you.

This is a dusty pink glitter in a clear base. There's also a mix of silver and bright purple glitter. The sliver glitter is slightly smaller as well as large and hexagonal. You'll be able to see it more clearly if you click and enlarge the photos.
It layered ok - 2 coats and you get a good amount of glitter on the nail. I totally don't see this as a halloween color, and it doesn't glow in the dark or react to black light, but whatever, it's pretty :)
natural light / flash

This is a glow in the dark baby pink with iridescent microglitter as well as larger hexagonal pieces. It has a sheer, almost jelly like finish, but it's more like a matte gel, the same way that many glow in the dark polishes are. This is actually pretty on it's own, so I'd totally just wear it out without the intention of using it as a glow in the dark polish.
natural light / flash

This one is a warm, berry toned purple with iridescent microglitter. It's a black light polish, and since I don't have a black light I can't tell you how that looks. This is another polish though that's pretty on it's own so I'd again, totally wear it out. The glitter does give it a slightly rough finish so a top coat will be needed.
natural light / flash

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Facial Peel

My skin has been acting a little out of sorts lately so I started pulled this out of my untrieds drawer to see if it would make a difference.
This was from one of my boxes from Sara about a year ago. Since recently, I was trying to use up the rest of my skin care products and masks. I love the CVS Mint Mask and the Lush Love Lettuce masks and finally got through all of those.
Soap & Glory is originally a British brand, I think, and used to be available at Target. It's now available at Sephora and Ulta. 
Their most well known product is their amazing hand cream, which I've already posted a review of, a while ago. Sara also sent me their eye cream, body wash, leg exfoliator and body scrub (reviews are finally in the process of being posted!) and I've loved them all. 
The Fab Pore is listed as a facial peel and pore-refining treatment. On the little pot it says you can use it quickly, like a 5 minute application, or use it as a mask.
I've only ever used it as a mask and quite like the feeling and results.
The product is a white cream with small blue microbeads. It's not a typical cream though - it feels almost like shaving cream at the same time. The blue microbeads, which you cant see in the picture, are soft.
You're supposed to put a good amount on your face and massage it into your skin until the beads are gone. I've never gotten all the blue beads to go away but about half of them disappear after massaging for about a minute.
It smells also like shaving cream but minty at the same time. 
The cream feels soft on the skin and doesn't tingle or have any specific feeling on the skin. It's quite pleasant. I usually keep it on for 15-20 minutes, but it doesn't ever dry down completely when I use it. I like it because it's comfortable to wear.
After rinsing it off, my skin felt noticeably softer. It also felt nicely nourished although after a few times I haven't seen super noticeable differences in my pores. I figure I have to use this more though in order to see it.
Have you guys tried this? Or do you have any favorite masks I should try??

I ♥ Fall Tag Sneak Peek!

Have you done the tag yet?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

NOTW: OPI Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ

Sidenote before I talk about the actual polish - this is why I love how OPI names it's polishes. To paraphrase, in 1871, Catherine O'Leary's farm caught on fire, and thus the Great Chicago Fire happened. She allegedly started the fire while milking her cow but that didn't actually happen. She was asleep when the fire started in her barn. But still, funny name.
Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ is basically a barbeque sauce color. It's a creme finish. It's more brown in some lights and more red in others.
It's opaque in 2 coats, I used three just out of habit. I used it over OPI's Nail Envy and under Out The Door fast dry polish.
This photo was taken right before I removed it, but it was on for a good four days before any sort of wear was noticeable.
I think this is a permanent color, as I've seen it in my local beauty supply store frequently, and is a great color for those of you looking for a good dark red.
OPI is available at Ulta, etailers and beauty supply stores and salons. It retails for between $8 and $10.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara Long & Tall

I've started to run low on my current mascara so recently I purchased a new one at Sephora. As of right now, my favorites are (in order) Fairydrops Scandal Queen, Benefit They're Real, L'Oreal Voluminous Full Definition (golden tube), Covergirl Lash Blast/Covergirl Eye Lights Waterproof, Benefit Bad Gal Lash, then after that is just every other one I've tried, which is... a lot. Both high end and drugstore.
Generally, I'm a fan of lengthening mascaras over volumizing mascaras. I also will reach for waterproof over regular, if the option is available.
This mascara I saw on the little wall of mascaras that Sephora always has. I've actually tried a fair amount of them from purchasing them my self as well as from little mascara samples. Mascara samples, by the way, are some of my favorite samples to get because I rarely have to buy mascara if I'm out and sometimes I get GREAT samples.
Anyways, I've always had my eye on this one but I never purchased it because I figured there were so many other things I'd rather have than a new mascara. I finally caved though, and bought this one after I had run through a ton of samples and a ton of my regular sized mascaras.
Eyeko, for me, was mostly known for their super cute nail polishes, which have been on my list FOREVER and I still haven't bought. It's a British brand that is primmarily not available here, except for their mascaras.
Eva Chen, Teen Vogue Beauty extraordinaire, then posted a picture of this on her Instagram, and said she really loved it so I was totally sold after that.
Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara comes in a tube that looks like a lipgloss tube. The brush unscrews off and is very narrow and the bristles aren't rubber, but that material that is on spooly brushes. The bristles swirl around the brush and are separated fairly far apart.
The packaging, I can see is convenient when you start running out of product... you can squeeze from the bottom up, which I've never seen in a mascara tube. Hopefully that actually works.
The mascara itself is fairly lengthening and separates quite well. Below I just put one coat of the mascara on and it made a very noticeable difference.
It layers pretty well, and doesn't get clumpy. 
This mascara is available at Sephora and retails for $19. It also comes with a "shield" but I have no idea where I put it. It looks like a guitar pick... so I may have just placed it somewhere without thought because I thought it was a guitar pick. 
I do like this mascara, so I'll review it in the future, further, when I wear in this mascara a little :)

Smith's Rosebud Salve Balm

Smith's Rosebud Salve is the first brand/product that I really had a lemming for, back when I was 12. I briefly stated in a video that before makeup or anything is really on anybody's radar as a "thing" that people are into, that lip balms are the thing that people are totally into. At least it was that way for me.
Story time :)
When I was in middle school, and well I guess fifth grade as well, Limited Too was the hot store to shop at. They had that typical year 2000 style for 12 year olds that was very sugar coated and candy-like. The store was glitter and hearts and pop music. I was super into pop culture, and I still am, but it was driven by my love (and still very apparent love) of Britney Spears. At the height of her career everything was influenced by her, and everything I wanted was totally influenced by her. So, in I went to Limited Too, buying all sorts of lip products and such (really it was an early sign of my obsessive need for makeup, why didn't I see it before). I had a pretty massive collection of glassy finish lip balms for a 12 year old.
When I turned 13, and middle school graduation came along, I went shopping for formal wear because there was a big dance after graduation. I went to a local store in SF called Ambiance, and at the counter, sitting there was Smith's Rosebud Salve Balm, in it's original potted form. It smelled very feminine and lady like, and perfectly of roses. I didn't buy it because my mom wouldn't let me and I quite honestly had no idea what it was.
High School came along and I had more freedom to purchase things. I had always thought about that balm though because it was, in my brain, amazingly luscious smelling and feminine looking and one of those "none of my friends have it" products.
Before I bought that one, I actually bought the strawberry balm they have and LOVED (and still love) it. That one I found in some random accessory store, but I never saw the original in other places aside from Ambiance.
At some point, I ventured into Sephora for only my second time (first time being in Las Vegas when I was 10, and I had no idea what Sephora even was, but I knew I liked it) and bought both the original pot of Smith's and the mint rose pot.
I've been purchasing Smith's Rose Balm since I was 15, and being 22 now, I can safely say it's one of my all time favorite balms, and will probably continue to be. For me, it's the absolute original rose scented balm. A few companies now have similar products but I always go looking for Smith's.
Smith's Rosebud Salve is, I think, supposed to be a multi-purpose balm that moisturizes and keeps your skin nourished. I know the majority of people keep it for their lips, but I've used it for my cuticles, hands, and other dry spots before and it's worked pretty nicely.
Both the potted form and the tube form are $6 and are available at Sephora. This one is obviously meant to be more for lips because of it's applicator - the potted form comes in a little aluminum tin that opens up to a fully free form of the salve. 
The texture is like Vaseline, but much much less sticky. It's slightly oilier, but not oily. Just thinner than vaseline. These do melt in warmer temperatures; a lot of my tins met pre-mature ends because I'd take them to swim meets and they'd just... melt in the tin, re-harden and not be the same consistency as it once was.
On me, it moisturizes my lips for a good half of the day before I have to reapply. The scent is just lovely and doesn't smell overly artificial or waxy like some rose scented products can be. 
The tube form is pretty convenient for purses and clutches. The potted form I pretty constantly keep beside my bed. I don't really have a preference for one or the other... since the product is the same consistency in both packaging, sometimes it can be hard to squeeze the balm out of the tube, but sometimes it can be hard to open the tin, so they've both got their pros and cons.
It's tinted a sheer pink, but it makes no noticeable tint to my lips when I apply it.
Do any of you have products like this that you've used forever?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm Crystal Color 3 Pamplemousse Glace (Juicy Grapefruit)

This is my second YSL Balm and I have to say - I love these! Yes, they are pretty pricey for just being a balm, especially the sheer ones, but I really do love how they make my lips feel after using them. 
The YSL Glossy Balms are all very sheer balms that range from very sheer, like this one, to darker like a cherry red and magenta. You can purchase these at Sephora, and they retail for $30 each.
Sara actually sent this to me for my birthday, about a month ago, and I was THRILLED to have found this in the box.
3 Pamplemousse Glace (Juicy Grapefruit)is a very sheer baby pink color with a slight shimmer to it. It swatches very lightly and actually does deposit some color to my lips, but not a ton. It has a noticeable glossy finish to it and is scented very lightly and pleasantly.
If you don't mind spending the money for it, I would say go at least play with them in store to see if you like them. The more pigmented colors obviously serve more of a purpose than the sheer ones. I use this one quite a lot though when I just want a sheer lip that will moisturize for the majority of the day. 
Do any of you have these?