Sunday, February 12, 2012

Muppettes for OPI Muppets holiday mini 4 pack

I picked up this 4 pack at Off 5th Saks the other day, it's obviously been out for some time and probably not the easiest thing to get a hold of but I found three of the shades so interesting I had to share!

These are mini in a big way, here's a reference to a normal sized polish (Sally Hansen).

How freakin cute is that!

Wocka Wocka is mostly a cream with a little shimmer, red pink.

Designer de Better is silver with other small shimmers in red and green it appears, but mostly appears as silver on the nail.

Excuse Moi is pink dense glitter with silver and small multicolored glitters.  I swatched it over a purple nail polish and one coat was much more opaque than most glitters I own.

Warm & Fozzie may be my favorite, it's what I'm wearing now.  Bronze coppery microshimmer with multicolored small shimmers.  I think it works well with my skintone and it's so sparkly and pretty. :)

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Rose Petal

In short, the texture on these blushes is highly amusing but very hard to work with for any sort of results.  If you tap fingers in, you get very little product; you can sort of smoosh around to pick up more and flatten the thing.  Some chunks will come off that are more like the product you'd get out of a Maybelline Dream Mousse blush. Update: I have gotten in the habit of really smearing around to get the quantity of product that I would get from the Mousse blush and that makes it much easier to work with.

I only bought one shade, Rose Petal and the pigmentation is nearly non-existent.  I am very fair, hands are likely NC10 or less and even really building up it takes quite a few dips into the product.  Would not recommend except as a sort of fun squishy toy in this shade, I have heard some of the more dark shades have better payoff but I wouldn't buy another based on the lousy performance of this one.

Left is heavily layering it on, right is blended out (and it mostly disappeared).

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Light Mocha Berry Look Inspired by emilynoel83

I watched the tutorial from Emily (emilynoel83 on youtube, Beauty Broadcast) Valentine's Makeup: Chocolate Covered Cherry and I loved the colors - I have MAC Cranberry and am a fan of burgundy type shades in general.  And just a little Valentine's love, Emily is the first beauty youtuber I ever watched and she's still my favorite. :)

This morning while getting my makeup on, I decided I'd use the big Estee Lauder Purchase with Purchase eye palette from around Christmas 2011 since it has a nice selection of browns, highlights and a burgundy.  I tend to go for very warm tones and opted for a lighter color palette so it wouldn't be too crazy dramatic against my fair skin.

For my face, I used L'Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle in Light Ivory - I've had this for quite a while but rediscovered it recently.  It's working really well with my skin right now and it doesn't cause excessive shine throughout the day as long as I don't set it with a powder.  It's fairly buildable but needs to be applied in thin layers to avoid it balling up on you.  But overall, I find it extremely easy to work with.

Blush was also a mousse (can you tell I like that texture!), Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Soft Plum.  It can be rather dark for my skintone if I use too much (duh) but it blends out so easily, it's also easy as pie to apply.

And to continue the creamy theme, I used MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl for highlight on my cheekbones into my temples.

I used the burgundy here packed onto the lid (these shadows are a little powdery and can be slightly difficult to not make a mess), matte brown (pictured in the full palette bottom left next to the green), and blended out the matte with the shimmery brown next to the burgundy above.

I used a variety of the light matte and shimmery highlight shades to blend out the edges and highlight a bit on the inner corners.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash, Benefit Bad Gal mascara as a base with e.l.f. Mineral Mascara over top for definition and length, Boots No 7 stick concealer in Very Fair around my nose (to hide the redness from a mild cold), Revlon PhotoReady stick concealer under eyes, Anastasia Brow Duality matte in waterline and shimmery in inner corner, Maybelline Color Sensational Nearly There lipstick.