Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tightlining, spazzy eye lids

I've been trying to improve my overall eye lining technique of late - having sort of hooded droopy eyes I don't use liner as often as I'd like because if done poorly, it can enhance that sad eye appearance.  One thing I have noticed that's relatively easy to do and works well regardless of loose eyelid skin is tightlining my upper lash line.  An amusing thing I have noticed is while I have no issues going over the inner and outer thirds of my lash/lid line, once I reach that center third my eyes really freak out.  Quite an effort to keep the lid under control!  I'm curious if over time it will improve and become desensitized like the rest of my eyes.  I've always had serious problems with things getting close/put in eyes (such as eye drops), need to pry them open Clockwork Orange-style.  Maybe the tightlining will have a ripple effect and make other eye maintenance less of a trauma!  Fingers crossed!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Blushing Bride

I've been really into nail polish lately.  Normally I get tired of the maintenance, but for some reason I've been on a major kick recently.  I've been mostly avoiding dark colors due to the messiness in removal and I'm trying to get in the mood for spring with lighter and brighter colors.  Love glitter polish, but it's such a major pain to remove!  Found this Sally Hansen Diamond Strength, it was on sale or clearance I believe at Target.  I was of course immediately attracted to the bedazzled bottle.  I picked up two or three in this line, most were pearly frosty type pastels.  I wanted a more medium toned pink so I grabbed this shade, Blushing Bride 78.  I didn't realize until I applied it the first time that it's basically chock full of very fine glitter.  From a distance it's a metallic pink, but up close it's the fun of glitter.  Really loving this shade!

Picture without flash to see the glitter:

On my nails:

It is not the easiest to work with and the first time I wore it, it refused to dry after a couple hours.  This time I used a new Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat I just bought, 2 coats of the polish and a thick layer of Seche Vite top coat.  I do have a dent in my right hand index finger (user error no doubt), but other than that the Seche did its job and it was solid in an hour.

e.l.f. Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick

I don't wear eyeliner day to day, but I liked the colors in this 2 in 1.  Knowing full and well that creamy eyeshadow products aren't my favorite, I bought it anyway in the shade brown/basic.  The colors are nice, they apply fairly easily.  But if they are touched even slightly, all the pigment rubs off immediately.  What's left of the shadow is a lot of sparkly shimmer and the eyeliner leaves a faint line.  Like everything else, used with a primer and setting with a powder helps.  But even as a base, it's not worth the trouble for me.

*Edited to add pictures taken with new camera, still lousy lighting.  One thing at a time!



Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sinful Colors glitter nail polish

Got several nail polishes from Sinful Colors at Walgreens a week or two ago (hard to resist at $1.99 each), tried out this finer gold glitter - it took 3 coats and still wasn't quite opaque.  I did like the gold sheen, but it chipped pretty badly the day after I put it on.  Figured I'd throw some of this purple glitter over the top and the combination came out pretty neat.

Gold: All About You 921 (3 coats), Purple: Frenzy 922 (1 coat)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Gold Shimmer

I love me some gold shimmer.  I think silver shimmer can look very frosty and strange on my skin, but it's often in lip and highlight/blush products.  On my aforementioned Walgreens adventure, I managed to pick up a couple items with gold shimmer.  Got a Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer that came with a sample of MoistureShine Gloss in Fruity Pink 110.  Nice creamy pink with gold shimmer.  It's not very opaque which was a little disappointing, but I do like the gold sparkle.  Also picked up a Wet n Wild coloricon blusher in Pearlescent Pink 831E.  Shockingly pigmented (just a slight dab on the cheeks was approaching too much) but also has a nice gold shimmer.  Getting that sheen on the cheeks may prove tricky with the intense pink that comes along for the ride. 
Excuse the poor picture quality, suboptimal lighting and camera.

Swatches top to bottom: Wet n Wild coloricon, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow blush, bronzer, Neutrogena MoistureShine Gloss :
Had difficulty swatching the blush and bronzer; both aren't the best payoff and the blush is quite light and tends to disappear into my skin, compounded by fair skin getting blown out by the flash.  Layered a thick amount of gloss to see the color, when applying it goes on quite sheer.

Overall, I'm happy to pick up two golden pink products in one drugstore visit.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


After initially jumping into the wealth of knowledge on eye makeup techniques, I pulled back and started looking for information about pale skin tones - and specifically those with freckles.  I found the result strangely lacking.  I suppose it should not come as a surprise, growing up I rarely saw others with freckles - and certainly not in the movies or TV (unless it's a bully!).  It does appear more acceptable now to let your freckles show, but I still find it surprising how many ladies cover them completely.

I always viewed my freckles as a good thing, they were unique and fun.  However I did really think that I couldn't wear face makeup, that they just didn't make it light enough for me (in the drugstore brands, I never thought before I would want to spend the money for high end).  When I was young, my mom was trying to give a little guidance; her skintone is much darker than mine, I had gotten my dad's complexion.  We concluded that there just wasn't anything that would work for me outside of translucent powder.  Things sure have changed in the past 15-20 years.

I have read articles here and there that instruct you to match your freckles instead of the skin underneath for foundation.  Unless taking the makeup down my neck and chest, I just can't understand how that works!  I have used tinted moisturizers that were a tad too dark (before returning them).  My face is darker than my neck by a fair amount, and I have many more freckles on it than my neck.  If I go nearer to the shade of my freckles, the line around my jaw is quite startling.

Granted I have full-face freckles, not just a smattering across my cheeks.  They have faded over the years, and now in the winter up north, I struggle to see some patches.  But I do look forward to summer and they will again perk up a bit.

Working with a shade similar to my neck (or a little darker), may initially look light but it seems to give the best effect.  I do feel I can only apply at most medium coverage, otherwise I strangle my poor freckles out of existence.

Another lesson learned was that my skintone works best with warm colors.  Finding lipsticks that didn't go immediately super dark on my decently pigmented lips against pale face, that didn't clash with my skin, or make me look half dead (lighter cool colors are the culprit there!) -- that I find to still be a struggle.  But ever persistent, I keep buying new things.  It's a tough life!  If I have one suggestion for someone having similar troubles, it would be to get color matching and application by a professional a few times.  It can be an expensive and time consuming process of trial and error otherwise.

How it started again

The only true mainstay of makeup I had over the years was mascara, my light brown and blond-at-the-tips eyelashes make me look sickly without something.  I went in phases with eyeliner, eyeshadow, lip glosses.  I never had much instruction, I was just winging it with what I thought made me look better than a sleepy zombie.  One afternoon I was looking for ideas on using velcro rollers that I had bought on a whim at the grocery store and I stumbled into a youtube tutorial.  Upon further investigation, it turned out to be beauty guru Emily Eddington and her channel emilynoel83.

I was hooked.  All these years I'd been wanting to know the secrets of fabulous eye makeup I'd seen on friends, but could never quite figure it out for myself.  Chalked it up to shaky hands and the lack of artistic ability.  Now I saw the light, and all this time what I was missing... blending!  It all started to make sense.  The more time I spent watching the videos, the more I wanted to try out new products.  Turns out the lightest shade of foundation often is light enough in products these days, I discovered an unexpected love of blush, and have had a rapid increase in an already large lip product supply.

So here I am now, looking to share my thoughts to the community of beauty enthusiasts.  I never thought I would be looking forward to the end of the workday so I could trot over to Walgreens to check out the products on sale, but I do know one thing - I am not alone!