Sunday, January 22, 2012

Milani Infinite Liquid Liner in Infinite

I'm trying more liquid liners these days and I do love a good bright teal or blue, I recall emilynoel83 saying the Milani Infinite Liquid liners had great staying power so I figured I'd give one a try.

The shade is called Infinite (original!), I wore it in this FOTD with Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe.  The formula is thick and if applied heavily it can take some time to dry down.  It's shiny when wet but dries matte.

The brush isn't terribly fine but I didn't have too much of a problem with and to be honest, I want it to be quite thick when doing a bright featured liner like this.

It dried down to something like L'Oreal Lineur Intense does for me as well, it won't smudge or fade but especially after 10-12 hours it can flake a bit.  My natural oils break down makeup pretty well, it came off completely (except for a bit smudged into my lashes, whoops) when washing my face in the shower.

Overall, I like it quite a lot!  Relatively easy to use, great color payoff, long-wearing but not too hard to remove.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo Tough as Taupe FOTD

Since I moved, I hadn't gotten around to taking any pictures for the blog.  I got a macro lens for my Nikon D3100 for Christmas and I had accumulated a fair number of products I was interested in sharing, so finally I'm getting my act together and have lots of pictures for posts!  First up, a little Face of The Day with some new goodies.

I bought the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow in Tough as Taupe two days ago and I've worn it both days, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I have.  It's nicely pigmented, easy to blend with fingers and an interesting gray-purple taupe matte.

I used Tough as Taupe on the lid, a combination of matte medium warm browns from a Sonia Kashuk palette in the crease and the Milani Infinite Liquid liner in Infinite.

Also used MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body foundation, Milani Minerals Blush in Luminous on cheeks, Revlon PhotoReady concealer under eyes, Laura Mercier concealer (the dry one) on nose redness and blemishes, MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural, Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil in Medium Ash, Anastasia brow gel, Anastasia Brow Duo in Sand at browbone and inner corner, e.l.f. Mineral Infused Mascara and just a balm on the lips above.

And I'm wearing the Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee in the above and below pictures.

I'll be posting swatches of the Maybelline cream shadow, Milani liner, Revlon Lip Butters, Anastasia stuff and others soon!

Monday, January 9, 2012

My Favorite Beauty Products of 2011

I've been thinking about what I'd consider my favorite products from 2011 off and on for the past couple weeks.  These items I would recommend to other people and repurchase.  I'm sure I'll have left some off this list and may update it later. :) 

Eye primer
LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
 - I've found these perform the same for me and when applied properly (and not having any moisturizer on lids) with not too much eyeshadow I can get crease-free shadow for 10-12 hours; LORAC wins out just because it's a bit less expensive

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Trio
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner*
 - For lasting power, I prefer the Physicians Formula but the Urban Decay applies very easily (not sold that they are worth the high price, would recommend buying in the value travel kits)

Urban Decay NAKED palette
LORAC 3D Multiplex Eyeshadow palette
Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette
 - Not a huge surprise but the last two have red-brown/teal flash duochrome similar to MAC Club, I'm a big fan of that type of shadow and both of the formulas are good, NAKED is an easy warm neutral option with a great formula as well

Revlon PhotoReady Concealer 
 - Over the year I've used these the most, both for the same reason - they are moist enough to not show any dry flakes (or only minimally) and they don't break me out; the MUFE is incredibly easy to work with due to the sheer coverage and thin formula 

MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Light
CARGO blu_ray powder in #10
 - I can use these either as powder foundation or with a lighter hand to set my foundation, both give a nice soft focus finish without looking powdery

Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Score*
Milani Minerals Blush in Luminous
CARGO blush in Mediterranean
Maybelline Dream Mousse blush in Pink Frosting
 - I love blushes and am a big fan of the pink or peach with gold shimmer, the CARGO gives a great natural berry flush when applied with a very light hand, the mousse blush blends so easily and is a cute pink with some silver shimmer

LORAC Perfectly Lit in Spotlight
NARS Albatross
MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl
Physicians Formula Happy Boosters Translucent
 - Love highlighters - another opportunity for gold shimmer!  Spotlight is an interesting powder, it's sort of beige toned and is darker than my skin but just gives me a warm highlight, the MAC base does catch on dry skin but other than that it gives an amazing dewy sheen

Lip Balm/Treatment
Jack Black lip balm
Fusion Beauty Lip Fusion XL*
- The Jack Black balm is thick, long lasting and can keep my lips from peeling under almost any lip product (which is quite a feat!), I use the Lip Fusion overnight and in the morning - it does really plump up and keep moisturized without the sting and lasts as long as I can feel the product on lips (doesn't last the claimed period of time for me)

Lipstick/Lip Gloss
L'Oreal Colour Riche in Fairest Nude
Rimmel Lasting Finish in Airy Fairy
MAC Sheen Supreme in Can't Get Enough
 - My go-to warm shades that aren't too dark for my comfort zone with comfortable formulas, couldn't think of a favorite lip gloss to be honest!

 - I didn't have any favorites - several I couldn't stand, had some I liked fine such as the CoverGirl Lash Blash Volume but nothing that wowed me

Shiseido Benefiance Eye Cream
Alpha Hydrox 10% Glycolic Acid Lotion
 - Not including my prescriptions which have been a game changer, my acne is basically completely controlled with the those and the glycolic acid lotion; the Shiseido Benefiance is the only thing I've tried that has moisturized my under eye area enough to use concealer without it catching on my chronic dry spots, amazing - I didn't want to pay the price for it, but it's completely worth it for me!

*Items I would repurchase but not at full price