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Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Glam April Review

Yes I know I'm super late with this, I just haven't had the desire to write a blog post about this month. To be honest I was let down this month again.

Here's what I thought about this month:
-This is the first month I didn't like the actual bag. It smelled like plastic and just wasn't that cute.
-The lashes look cheap and aren't made of real hair, I don't think I would ever wear them.
-The Derm Store lip conditioner is okay, hard to squeeze out of the tube though.
-I already have a bunch of UD pencils, I really don't need another one (already had that color too).
-The brushes this time were a lot better than the first one, but still we're paying for samples not for My Glam products.
-Overall I'm not impressed and I think I'm going to give them one more month before switching back to Birch Box.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Inexpensive/Drugstore Prom Makeup Tutorial

Hello dolls :) I did a makeup tutorial on how to do a prom look using only drugstore items. Hope you guys like it and of course it can be used for an evening look as well :)

Products used:
Rimmel London Glam Eyes HD quad in Black Cab
Revlon Photo Ready Concealer in Light
Revlon Color Stay Blemish Concealer in Light/Medium
Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder
NYX High Definition Eyeshadow Base
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk
NYX Trio Eyeshadow- barely there/champagne/root beer
Revlon creme gel eyeliner in black
Ardell Fashion Lashes #109
Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extension Mascara
Fantasy Makers Glitter Liner
ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder
Elf Blush in Pink Passion
Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl
Essence Lip Liner in Soft Rose
Rimmel Lip Stick in Crush
ELF Hypershine Lip gloss in Flirt

For funsies this is what I looked like for prom way back when (well 2008 lol) :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lime Crime Lipstick COUNTESSA FLUORESCENT Review

I've always wanted a Lime Crime Lipstick, mostly b/c the packaging is so darn cute :) Well I picked one up at IMATS and I'm not disappointed.

Believe me when I tell you this lipstick is bright!

Lime Crime says:
Blue-based neon pink. Full coverage on all complexions, dark to light. This shade combines lipstick and lipstain for prolonged wear. Vegan and cruelty free.

The lipstick is barbie pink and crazy opaque. It also wears for a really long time. I didn't get really any drying of my lips, but I always recommend using a balm beforehand for the best application.

$15.99 on the LC website.

OCC Lip Tar in Hush Review

This is another product I picked up @ IMATS, only $10 (orig. $14). I've always loved OCC products from afar, now that I have a lip tar I want more!

I wanted to get a color that was subtle enough to be able to wear everyday. This color is a lovely bridal pink, the perfect nude lip without looking dead. I like to add a bit of a gloss on top that is a shade darker to make sure my lips really pop. A little goes a long way with these lip tars, and I really recommend using a lip brush with them.

Naked Cosmetics Tropical Indulgence Collection of Six Colors

I picked up this set @ IMATS for only $30 (orig. $60), so I thought it was a steal. I've always heard beauty gurus talking about naked cosmetics and I was ecstatic to finally lay my hands on a stack :)

Let's check it out!

Here's a pic of the colors from the Naked Cosmetics website:

The pigments can be stacked together or left individually.


The colors are duo-chromatic and change colors depending on the lighting. In the pictures the colors kind of look the same to each other but in person you can tell the difference. I swatched over bare skin, so just imagine what they look like over a primer!

I love these colors, they are so fun and will be great to wear during the summer!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Physicians Formula Nude Palette-Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow

I've got to say I have enough neutral shades to last me forever, but the packaging on this thing really suckered me in.

I did a really simple look with this palette:

What I liked:
-The palette is really portable and sleek. Small enough to fit in your purse and has a cute design.
-An economical version of the naked palette.
-Has some nice shimmery colors.
-The shadows are really fool proof, nothing messy or hard to work with.

What I didn't like:
-Okay so it isn't crazy pigmented, but will be nice on days you don't want to put a lot of effort in your look.
-Some of the strips are small and can get hard to grab shadow without touching the shadow next to it.
-About $11 depending on where you get. This is not that expensive compared to UD or Too Faced but I wish it was a little cheaper.

Overall it is a nice product, I'm not in love with it but I don't regret getting it either.

IMATS/NYC 2012 Experience

Hello ladies (and gents), I wanted to write a blog about going to IMATS and what it was like for me. I realize I mostly post review blogs, to go along w/ my YT videos, but I thought you guys might find this a little interesting :)

So I've wanted to go to IMATS for about two years and I never had a chance to go until now. Being obsessed with makeup I have very few opportunities to talk to people who share my obsession, other than on the internet, so IMATS is like a beauty Mecca for me. I was lucky in that my dad gave me his frequent flyer miles, and that my uncles Bob and Mario live in Port Washington (Long Island), so my flight and lodging were free. I just had to pay for the ticket and public transportation, and of course makeup.

Being from Florida I am used to driving everywhere I go, so having to use the train system and taxis was a little stressful for me. So I bravely got on a flight for the first time by myself to Dallas and then to Newark, and then from Newark to Penn Station, and then from Penn Station to the Long Island Rail Road to Port Washington. It was a lot of traveling but I survived and was proud of myself for being able to do it all without any help (yes I know I'm sheltered).

Anyways I finally got to Port Washington and Bob was waiting for me at the train station. The train station is actually about 7 minutes away from the house. Port Washington is a lovely town and the house was situated on the shore of a large body of water, so pretty to look out at from the backyard. They even had full bloomed tulips all around the backyard, a sight rarely seen in Florida. We went to an authentic Italian restaurant that day, the food was so good. Well after that I don't really remember much because I passed out as soon as we got home. I was exhausted.

Me on the train to Penn day 1 of IMATS:

So the next day was day 1 of IMATS. I took the LIRR to Penn and then took a taxi to Pier 94 where IMATS was being held. The taxi driver was very pleasant and knew exactly where I was going, I tried to act as non-touristy as I could. Here is a picture of the line right at 8:30:

Hopefully you can tell how crazy long it was. So when I finally got inside I was given a 2-day wrist band and off I was into the madness. The first few hours I waked around and bought things. I only brought $150 to buy things so I had to be selective. I found a few makeup brands that I had never heard of before and some I really wanted stuff from like Eye Kandy. Here's my collective haul:

I'm going to review a lot of the things I bought so I'm not going to go into it really, but as you can see I got a Naked Comestics stack, Inglot eyeshadows, Bdellium brushes, Eye Kandy glitter, an OCC lip tar, and various other things.

So the first day was crazy bonkers, so may people everywhere, the Inglot booth was the most crowded. I saw a lot of amazing speakers like Kevin James Bennett:

He was doing a demo on Miss Teen USA 2010. I learned a lot from his presentation, and he was so funny. One of the things he was talking about is how celebrities always ask him to make them look younger and he says makeup brushes aren't scalpels and that he knows the names of many good plastic surgeons ;)

There was a also a Stila fashion show that was a lot of fun. The Models makeup looked flawless, and there were two male models with body paint that were really hot!

After the fashion show I headed to the main stage where Kandee Johnson was going to speak. I am a big fan of Kandee and her speech was so inspiring.

I posted a video of her speech, you can see it here.

After that speech I walked around some more and picked up a few more things. I also took a few pictures with some YT beauty gurus:

They were all nice but I have to say Julie G was really sweet. Julie had been standing from 8-5 at the Jesse's Girl booth, patiently taking pictures with her fans. The line was pretty long all day to take a pic with her, so I waited until the end of the day. She told me I looked really well put together :)

I also got a picture with Eve Pearl:

So that was pretty much it for the first day. I left IMATS and tried to find a cab to Penn unsuccessfully. I ended up walking there which was about 2 miles. My feet were really hurting and I was carrying a bag of expensive makeup in Hells Kitchen by myself, not the funnest experience but I survived.


That day I woke up a little late in the morning so I was rushing to put on my makeup. I managed to wrangle on some falsies and was off. I very nearly missed the train but luckily I made it. On Sunday IMATS started @ 10 am, the line was still very long but I walked in easily b/c I already had my wristband. I got in super early and was able to look at the rest of the makeup in peace for a few minutes. I decided to see the first speaker of the day from Cover Fx, he showed us how to cover up a tattoo really well. Before the speaker I saw a fellow youtber/blogger Brianna (Brikasia) and I flagged her down like a crazy person to say hi.

After the Cover Fx speaker I went and saw Koren (aka Encore Makeup) doing a demo using Naked Cosmetics. He is so lovely and his demo was great, I wish I would have gotten a picture with him!

Later I met up with Brianna again and we went to a few booths to get stuff for her kit, and then we went to Eve Pearl's Booth. Here's a pic of the two of us:

It was kinda funny b/c one of the makeup artists at Eve Pearl had just got done doing an intricate editorial look on someone and I went to tell her how beautiful her work was, well she told me she thought I was really pretty and wanted to do some touch ups on me. While I sat in the chair I asked her how long she had been with Eve Pearl, you'll never guess what she told me: "I'm Eve Pearl's mother"!!!!! I was so shocked, I didn't even know what to say. She did a really nice job fixing me up and it was such a cool experience.

After that me and Brianna both left IMATS for the city. My uncle Bob met me and we went to Chelsea Market. If you are visiting NYC I really suggest you go there, so many cute shops. There was a cute cup cake shop in there and we both got a cup cake for later.

My Uncle Bob and me:

The cup cake place:

After Chelsea Market we ate at a really nice Mexican Restaurant and then we got a cab to Penn and ran to get to the LIRR on time.

My experience @ IMATS was one I'll never forget, I met so many wonderful people and I never felt alone the whole time I was there. I can only hope I'll get to go back next year :)

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Blush Duo Review

As soon as I saw this pop up on musings of a muse I swooned! As you may know I am obsessed with coral/orange right now, the color just speaks to me :) Anyways I picked this baby up from Sephora and now it's for a review!

Let's start with pictures :)

The packaging on this box is so creative I love it!

The packaging of the blush duo has a magnetic lid, exactly like the Inglot packaging.

So the more red orangey side with shimmer is called: Coral, Pantone #15-1439 (Color of the Year with gold shimmer)

The matte side is called: Desert Flower, Pantone #15-1435 (light orange matte)

When you swatch the blushes in person the colors look a little scary. Coral has a lot of shimmer in it and is a very bright color with high pigmentation, however when you put it on your face with a light hand the color looks beautiful. Here is a picture with me wearing it :)

If you apply it right, the color looks very nice and the shimmers aren't that crazy noticeable. I love that they included a matte version. Desert flower looks lovely as well on the cheeks, but again use a light hand with it. What I like to do is apply desert flower on my cheeks and then put a little bit of coral on the higher points for a little bit of a highlight.

At Sephora for $26.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Beautylish is opening an online store?!!

If you haven't already heard about Beautylish, it's an online community of makeup and beauty obsessed girls (and guys) like you and me :) I like it because there are interesting and helpful articles, and your own work can be featured in an article. Personally I've had my nail art featured twice, and it's nice to get feedback from people :) Also those of you without blogs or YTs can join in on the fun b/c it's like having a mini blog. Anyways, you should join!

The exciting news is that they are opening an online store! Apparently there is a point system, I guess kind of like birchbox, where you might not even have to spend money! I don't know all the details yet but you can sign up now:CLICK HERE!

After you make a profile check out my Beautylish if you like here :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

theBalm Cheater Mascara Review

It never ceases to amaze me how theBalm continually brings out awesome products. I only wish Sephora would carry more of their line. Well in any case, here's the review :)

Here's a picture of the packaging: (just so darn cute!)

The applicator:

What the mascara looks like on the lashes:

I love this mascara! Here's why:

It lifts and separates the lashes with little clumping. I honestly wasn't expecting much since the mascara wand looks pretty standard. Also, it doesn't say anywhere on the packaging that the mascara is waterproof. I have tested this baby out on many occasions in the hot Florida sun and not once did I get raccoon eyes. The wand is big enough for me without being too big where you can't maneuver it around easily. I just love what it does for my lashes.

One negative I will say is that the packaging on the actual mascara is a sticker instead of being printed on the tube. theBalm lets work on this!

theBalm has it in their website for $18 but hopefully it will pop up on the Sephora website soon :)