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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Number One Makeup Pet Peeve

Although there are many makeup don'ts that really get on my nerves, like putting eyeshadow on up to your brow bone, I'm not talking a brown bone highlight that is your skin color, like purple eyeshadow up to your eyebrows, I've seen it happen a lot people. Or not blending out your makeup and having awful lines everywhere, or putting on thick Amy Winehouse eyeliner. Even worse than putting on "Bronza" like a guidette, is putting on mascara that make your eyelashes look so clumpy and disgusting that they look like spider legs.

Unless you are going for the outlandish look, makeup is supposed to subtly enhance your features. There is nothing about clumpy thick mascara that looks natural or tasteful looking. Trust me you want people to notice your beautiful features, not your clumpy lashes from far away.

In order to properly use mascara you have to make sure what type you want, lengthening or volumizing. Some mascaras are build able and give you some time to build up coats before it dries, this is the mascara you want to use if you want more than two coats. Just take the mascara wand and wiggle it through your lashes from base to ends a couple of times. Don't spend 5 minutes putting on coat after coat, it looks ridiculous just trust me.

You should throw out your mascara at least every 4 months as bacteria very easily gets trapped inside the tube and can cause you to have an eye infection.

I've said it before in an earlier post but my favorite mascara right now is Maybeline's One by One Mascara which does not clump.

Friday, May 27, 2011

My Favorite Lippies!!!!!

I have a lot of lipsticks, a whole drawer of them, but there are a few that are my absolute favorites. Most of them are drugstore because the best ones are usually on the cheaper side in my opinion.


And here are the swatches:

For some reason I swatched the lipsticks in reverse of the first picture. So from right to left:

MAC lipstick in Marquise D' (Wonder Woman Collection)
-Kind of sheer because it is a Lustre Finish, but I like it on days where I just want a little bit of color and shine.

Covergirl lipstick in Darling
-Perfect pink that's not too out there bright

Covergirl lipstick in heavenly
-A little darker than Darling but in the same shade range

Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Spotlight Beige (#620) SPF 18
-Perfect nude that has enough color to be noticeable but only slightly. You can tell its a favorite of mine and it gets used a lot. These lipsticks by Rimmel are so creamy and moisturizing!

Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Pink Chic (#220) SPF 18
-Nice light pink but not really light. Perfect for my skin tone.

Lancome Color Design lipstick in Love it! (cream)
-The perfect pink color.

*Not in first picture because it died :( NYX Lipstick in Chaos (#LSS 511)
-For those who like to be bold, a sexy cherry red.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blush me baby!

I think blush is one of the essential makeup products that most women use. There are so many out in the market that it can be hard to choose. I don't think that you necessarily need to buy expensive blushes because there are so many drugstore brands that offer good quality blush.

Here's a list of my top 5 favorite blushes:

1-At number one is NARS Orgasm blush. NARS is known for picking controversial names for their blushes and of course this blush is their number one best seller. They also made a another called super orgasm which is just more glittery (definitely cannot recommend the super). There is shimmer in this blush but I think it adds a nice sheen. NARS is a very expensive brand, at $27 a pop for blush. Honestly they get away with charging so much because they are really good at making blushes and are recognized for this specialization. The pigmentation is about a medium, but very build-able. The orgasm shade is said to be universally flattering to any skin type.The packaging for NARS is also very sleek, the only negative is that the matte finish can get a little dirty looking.

2-My second favorite is Physician's Formula Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Natural. It is marketed to enhance your mood. It don't know how much happier I am because of the blush, but the packaging and design does bring a smile to my face! The blush also has a light flowery smell to it, which is also nice. This blush is very pigmented and comes with a nice little brush in a hidden compartment. This one retails for about $12.

3-Next is a product that came out from Hard Candy, which is sold exclusively at Walmart. It's called Fox in a Box in truth or dare, a blush and bronzer duo. You are supposed to swirl the two colors together, but I prefer to use them separately. The pink shade goes well with my lighter complexion. Sold for $6.

4-Clinique's Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Aglow. I've had this product for a really long time and I still love it. It's the perfect mix between a bronzer and a blush. Sold for $20.

5-Last but not least I'm including Stila's convertible color in peony. This product is awesome because it is multi-functional. It works as a cream blush as well as a lip product. You want to dab a little bit on with your fingers and blend it in to your skin. It lasts longer if you set it with a light application of blush. The one shown in the picture is a sample (I've had it for over a year and still have a lot left), but the full size is $25.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish

I have been checking my local Sally's every week to get the China Glaze Crackle nail polish. Apparently they sold out of it in the first week they had it in stock. Finally I got my hands on three of them and here are the swatches:

The trick with these polishes is to apply thin coats. When you do thick coats there isn't as much cracking in end result. Also, the base nail polish needs to be completely dry before you put on the crackle.

OPI and Sally Hansen also sell crackle nail polish but they are much more expensive, so if you can get China Glaze I would get that instead.

Here is a video I made showing a demonstration of the nail polishes:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics

Recently I went to Georgia and I was really excited because in Georgia they have Rite Aids there (since the state I live in has no Rite Aids). The only place they sell Jessie's Girl makeup is in Rite Aid, so I took the opportunity and bought a few pigments.

Here are the swatches:

Colors (from left to right)

-Peek-A-Boo (Violet/Pink)
-Penny Arcade (Copper Sparkle)
-Cafe Au Laite (Rose Gold)
-Pixie Dust (Gold Sparkle)
-Kiwi Rose (Green Sparkle)

For any pigment I suggest you prime your eye with L.A. Splash eyeshadow base, as it is very sticky and will hold on to the the pigment better than anything else. Also, try to put on your foundation and powder after the eye makeup so it is easier to clean up the fallout from the pigments.

Overall, I really liked these pigments especially because they have many duo chromes available, which are my favorite because they flash different colors in the light.

The pigments retail for about $5 depending on were you get them.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

MAC Fashion Flower Collection

The Fashion Flower collection came out a few weeks ago and includes 6 eye shadows (imprinted with a daisy design), four lipsticks, 3 lip gelees, and two beauty powders.

I picked up two of the eyeshadows.

Lucy Green and Fresh Daisy

Here are the swatches:

Overall I really liked the eye shadows I picked, however they are not especially original. The pigmentation is great and the daisy design is really cute. The design does not go through the whole pan but should stay on for a good while.

Here is a look I did using the shadows, however the picture kind of washes out the colors.