Thursday, May 31, 2012

Green Eyeliners - Olive, Green, Teal/Gold

I have a few green eyeliners, and one dupe of an Urban Decay liner.  Figured I'd swatch them together since I've been posting about greens lately!


Bottom to top:
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon - Olive
  • Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio - Green Eyes
  • Rimmel London Spark It Up Gleaming Eye Darkening Liner - Peridot
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Liner - Emerald
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On pencil in Junkie
Completely unrelated to this post, but darn it I wish Physicians Formula didn't have such long names for all of their products!  I have to look them up every time.

Swatched heavily on top and smudged out underneath.  With greens I feel like it's useful to see it smudged to get a better idea of the base color.
  • WNW Olive is a greenish brown with gold shimmer
  • PF Green has a very slight gold shimmer with grassy green base
  • Rimmel Peridot is a black charcoal base with teal shimmer that mostly disappears when smudged
  • Revlon Emerald has a strong teal blue base with gold shimmer to make it green looking
  • Urban Decay Junkie is near identical to the Revlon but has more gold shimmer, wear is similar but the Revlon moves around a tiny bit more on me - it is very creamy but sets nicely


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Olive and Khaki Shadows and Bases


I did a (albeit subtle) khaki/olive/gold eye look Monday, thought I'd dig through my eye products for shadows that fall under that category.  I have quite a few emerald and deeper greens, but not a lot I would consider olive.  And those that may technically be considered olive aren't even remotely green in my book!  Khaki also seems to be that cool green toned gold shade which I do like, but isn't terribly flattering on my skintone.


Left to right clockwise:

  • Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse - Khaki
  • MAC - Sumptuous Olive
  • e.l.f. Cream Liner - Metallic Olive
  • theBalm Shady Lady Vol 1 - All About Alex

And here they are swatched, Sumptuous Olive comes out as warm toned bronze gold maybe - not exactly what I'd consider olive - and it definitely comes off more greenish in the pan.  But like MAC Woodwinked, things go very warm and orange on me so this isn't too much of a surprise.  



Of the four, I think the Boots cream shadow is the most green on me, the gold is more yellow and leans green.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Gold Khaki Green Eye FOTD

Felt like using my Wet n Wild Olive liner today, so went for gold/olive/khaki.


Nothing dramatic, a sheer layer of the Boots No 7 Eye Mousse in Khaki which is mainly a cool greenish gold and smudged Wet n Wild Olive liner.



  • Concealer (nose into cheeks): Boots No 7 Quick Cover Blemish Stick concealer in Extra Fair (this is dry but very silicone-y so it smooths out easily as long as your skin isn't dry)
  • Concealer (under eyes): Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in Light
  • Face: Physicians Formula MineralWear Talc-Free pressed powder in Translucent
  • Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash and clear brow gel
  • Shadow base: Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse in Khaki, thin layer over lids into crease
  • Smudged eyeliner, top/bottom: Wet n Wild Color Icon in Olive
  • Eyelash curler: Tarte (I rarely curl my lashes since I don't really need to but felt like it today, who knows why!)
  • Mascara: Maybelline Full 'N Soft in Very Black
  • Cheeks: Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year blush duo in Desert Flower (matte coral)
  • Lips: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Gloss in Bronze Shimmer

Friday, May 25, 2012

Lip Stains, Suddenly the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread


Funny how quickly we can change our minds on what is just The Best for us.  Clothes, makeup, gadgets, everything.  Well, sometimes that can get expensive!  This time though, the lip stain craze that has taken hold of me hasn't been too bad.  That picture of me though, that is a little crazed.



Let me start over and say though that I tried the marker style lip stain back when Maybelline or CoverGirl or whoever it was on the drugstore side some years ago marketed them.  They may have been around before, but there was a big push on the stain and it seemed like a new thing at the time.  Of course I had to try it out since supposedly it had some great lasting power.  And of course with my dry flaky lips, it was a disaster.  Those days I didn't really connect the dots that I need to have something protective and moisturizing on my lips 24/7 to keep them mostly flake-free.  So, I had a horrible experience with weird bright pink skin flakes and naked patches beneath and promptly chucked the lip stain idea forever.


Top to bottom: Philosophy lip gloss in Mimosa, CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Nude Kiss, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous, one layer of YSL Glossy Stain in #8.

Fast forward to now and this summer the lip stain thing is being pushed for the season with Revlon releasing two somewhat new lip stains, the much posted about YSL Glossy Stains, etc etc.  I was bitten by the bug.  I was feeling irritable about lipsticks (again due to my lip texture issues) and wanted color that would be easy to wear a thick gloss over.  And color that wouldn't need reapplying every 2 hours from drinking coffee constantly would be a plus!  Aaand color that would wear off/fade in a pleasant way, not be all-or-nothing - or diseased looking.

I've already posted in length about the YSL stain, but I picked up two more in the past week (ugh it sounds worse than I thought when I say this).  I got the Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Rendezvous which is a fairly bright orange coral.

Also picked up a CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Nude Kiss which basically matches with the deepest shade of my natural lip color.  It's nice that I can define the outer third of my lips which tend to be pale and less distinct and even out the tone in general, then slap on some warm lip gloss - lately it's been Philosophy's Mimosa.  I'm really pleased with that combination.

Here's my base level lips with nothing on them - basically varies on how much blood flow is getting up there to the deepness of shade it seems.


Next, plain old Chapstick.  I think this is an important reference point because things like glosses that are even basically sheer can seem like they have a big impact - but so does any product on your lips.


First up, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous.


It's on the pink range of coral.  The stain it leaves is definitely on the pink side.  It seems to take 10-15 minutes for the stain to really set (and isn't as vibrant as the YSL glossy stain), but it does last well and fades nicely.

CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Nude Kiss.


In these extreme close up views, you can see some minor settling into lip lines but it's not noticeable from a distance.  I would say though that these need to be worn with something on top.  Outside of the dryness issues (I'm not sure if they are drying since I have abnormally dry lips), it can look ever so slightly.. patchy.

But with my friendly coating of Philosophy's lip gloss in Mimosa, I'm all set!  I find it interesting that on skin, Philosophy lip gloss is bizarrely sugar-syrup sticky.  I hate it.  But it doesn't seem to stick to itself on the lips, so you don't have that unpleasant lips-sticking-together-pulling sensation.


Face of the day:

  • Foundation: 3/4 MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body #38 mixed 1/4 Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in White
  • Powder: Physicians Formula MineralWear Talc-Free pressed powder in Translucent
  • Blush: NYX Stick Blush in Orchid (not a fan, these are hard to blend and sticky)
  • Highlight: Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond all over cheeks into temples
  • Under eye concealer: Garnier Anti-Dark-Circle Roller
  • Lips: CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Nude Kiss with Philosophy lip gloss in Mimosa
  • Eye shadow: MAC Woodwinked on lid/crease, blended out with Urban Decay in Jones, highlight browbone and inner corner with LORAC on screen duo Champagne
  • Top and bottom liner: Urban Decay Flipside, lower lash line set with Bare Minerals Ready quad The Elements - Water shadow
  • Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes
  • Brows: Urban Decay shadow in Shakedown, Anastasia clear brow gel

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sephora Pantone Universe Color of the Year Blush Duo


To go along with my orange loving theme, I picked up the Sephora Pantone blush duo along with the YSL Glossy Stain in #8 (picture above I'm wearing the YSL in one layer, tapped in for a less intense effect) - I just wanted an orange/peach blush and this fit the bill.  The matte orange was exactly what I was looking for and the shimmery tangerine was just funky enough to figure why not.  I'm wearing Desert Flower on cheeks up to temples, and Coral barely dusted over cheekbones.

Per the Sephora website:

Coral, Pantone #15-1439 (Color of the Year with gold shimmer) 
Desert Flower, Pantone #15-1435 (light orange matte)




The packaging is like Inglot palettes, magnetized corners with a heavy frosted cover, you have to slide it off.  It's kind of chunky, but does feel substantial and not-cheap.  Being completely flat, it's easy to store which is nice.


The amount of gold shimmer/small glitter in Coral is intense.  With a fluffy brush, I had to be careful not to dip brush in too much to cause it to go flying everywhere.  Both are a little powdery.  The Desert Flower matte orange shade isn't too strongly pigmented and works well on my fair skin, I also don't have to worry too much about grabbing too much and needing to fix.  Not sure how well it would work on darker skintones.  The glitter in Coral may put people off, but I'm fine with small glitter truth be told.


Coral is also darker and seems more richly pigmented.  First swatches I applied heavily on the left and used a brush on the right, more like how I would apply on my cheeks.


These swatches I used my fingers to blend out a bit so you can see the deeper shade of base color on Coral.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain in #8 Orange de Chine



The full name per the Sephora website is ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain which is a mouthful to say the least.  I'd seen many raves about this product but since I'm not really into lip products - especially bright or dark ones - I just shrugged and moved on, figuring I'd never want to pay a YSL price.



Ever since I got Jemma Kidd cream blush in Pawpaw, I've been in this orange/peach/coral mood.  I also wanted something in that range for my lips that could be more of a stain and I could put some Philosophy ultra thick gloss over.  Since I'm always fighting dry lips, lipstick can get obnoxious with how flakes are emphasized.  I was returning the Smashbox Be Discovered palette at Sephora (the pigmentation was just miserable when applied to the lid with a brush, what a letdown) and of course needed to pick up a few new things. :)



I was thinking about getting #7 Corail Aquatique but when I swatched it in the store it seemed a bit darker than I wanted.  With my skintone, most lip colors look pretty dark or intense.  I'm more comfortable with a bright than dark.  Since my lips are on the bigger side, they are quite a prominent feature on my face, something dark can feel like it's taking over my face.  Took another picture the next day to show one layer tapped in for the stained effect only.



I think the orange range of colors work well on me, especially when I'm looking a little pink from the warmer weather, I knew the #8 orange was going to be bright but I figured what the heck.  If the texture is nice, and I have the option of a good non-drying stain, maybe I can work it in on a more regular schedule.  On my lips initially it looked like an intense orange but it settled into an orange-red.  I really like the color!




On the left is one coat, after letting it set up, tapping off the glossiness for a light stain.  On the right is two coats which gives good color coverage and a comfortable gloss.  It gets very slightly tacky after a few hours, but still generally isn't sticky at all.


Very summer appropriate I'd say!

  • Face: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Pressed Powder in Translucent 
  • Under eye concealer: Garnier Anti-Dark-Circle roller
  • Blush: Sephora Pantone blush duo - Desert Flower (matte) dusting of Coral (shimmer) on cheekbones
  • Eye primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight
  • Eyeshadow: Smashbox Be Discovered (figured I'd give it one last chance, can barely see I have anything on! ridiculous)
  • Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes
  • Brows: Urban Decay shadow in Shakedown, Anastasia clear brow gel
  • Lips: YSL Glossy Stain in #8 Orange

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Nail Polish Lasting Power

I've declared many times I'm pretty terrible at doing my own nails, but I soldier on because it's like an extra accessory and painted nails make me happy.  And I suppose I'm too cheap and lazy to have someone else do it!  So, combine my struggles at painting with laziness and I really hate when my polish chips after a couple days.  I can't stand having chips so I always will change out the polish that day.

I have some peeling (okay a lot of peeling) issues, I thought I'd change up my base coat, I thought it might be contributing to the peeling.  I had been using Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat for quite some time, but when I was traveling for longer than expected I picked up a Seche Natural which said was strengthening and could be used as a base coat.  I really enjoyed that I could wear it alone and it would hide the peeling evidence for the most part.  But I finally realized (after 4 or 5 ruined manicures in a couple days) that it was horrendous as a base coat for me.

I went back to Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat and I've had two nail colors that have lasted over a week with only minor tip wear.  I'm sticking with the Revlon.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Remembering Mom and Dad

I don't normally get into personal details on this blog, but today has been a rough one.  I wanted to say a few words about my family on this Mother's Day.

In 1996, my father was having back pain and went to the doctor.  It was diagnosed as stage 4 lung cancer, of a type that the odds of surviving in that stage were 1%.  He was not a smoker.  He passed away 2.5 months after he was diagnosed, he was 49 years old.  I was 16 years old.

In 2012, my mother was having severe back pain with cysts that had appeared in the last few weeks and went to the doctor.  It was diagnosed as stage 4 breast cancer, and had spread to almost every organ except her brain.  It was triple negative breast cancer which is particularly aggressive and harder to treat,  she did get yearly mammograms.  She passed away 2 weeks after the diagnosis, she was 60 years old.  I am now 32 years old.

There isn't much to say, both were far too young when they passed and we had no time to cope with what happened.  I am grateful I had more time with my mom, but I wish she had spent less time working and bearing so much stress in her career.  I want to be a mom soon too, I can only aspire to raise my children as well as she did.  My dad was always the silly one, and though he wasn't able to be with us all of the time due to a heavy work travel schedule, he kept the family in balance.  Mom and I were always too serious, we needed some goofiness.

You never know what will happen to you or those you love, I am reminded again to hold on to this precious time we have with each other and don't let the little things get in the way.




Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette in Magical


Christine of temptalia.com always raves about the Tarina Tarantino eye palettes, the price is reasonable and the texture and pigmentation is off the charts.  I think these are possibly the easiest shadows to use that I own, so blendable without being too powdery and disappearing or getting muddled.  Can't say enough about how gorgeous the shadows are, and the colors are lovely in this palette.

Packaging is solid and doesn't feel cheap, nice large mirror inside and the top is interesting looking.  Five shadows are included, all of them have good color payoff and are a breeze to blend.





Swatch number references start with 1-5 left to right.
The center shade is a pink opal type shadow (swatch #4), it appears light pink in the pan but has a strong pink sheen when seen from certain angles.  I really enjoy the top pinkish purple (swatch #3) and right light purple taupe (swatch #2) metallics.  Swatches came from a quick small swipe into the product onto my arm.



Here's a quick eye I did today, a base of MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in 17 Plum which was looking weak and sort of patchy, I topped it with the silvered purple taupe situation (swatch #2).  Quick line of Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Demolition and Maybelline Full 'N Soft Very Black mascara.


Saturday, May 5, 2012

April 2012 Beauty Favorites



Smaller group of favorites this month, mostly face products.  I've been happy with this primer/foundation/powder/concealer combination and have used it probably every day of April.  Before it warmed up again, it seemed to make a small reduction in shine during the day which is near miraculous for me!

Here's the order I use these for my morning face:

  • LORAC eye primer - works as well as my loved Too Faced Shadow Insurance and is cheaper
  • Smashbox Photo Finish - I didn't feel like this product was worth it after I bought it, rediscovered it a couple months ago and have been liking how foundation applies over it, silky feel it gives from all that luscious slip, possibly helps keep shine slightly down
  • (now I usually do my eyes, time for my face primer to settle in)
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body in shade 38 Pink Porcelain - the color isn't perfect for me, a little pink and touch dark but I adore how easily it applies and never settles in my pores which is a problem I have with almost everything
  • bareMinerals concealer in Well Rested - the light yellow shade works perfectly for the redness around my nose and cheeks that the foundation doesn't cover, also great for leftover dark spots from acne - I swirl it on with a fluffy Sonia Kashuk eye blending brush
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder in Translucent - gives a tiny bit of coverage, helps with shine maintenance, isn't too dark, non-powdery finish
  • Jemma Kidd Make Up School Blushwear Creme Cheek Color in PawPaw - love this peach/orange shade, it is so easy to apply and blend with fingers, not sticky in the slightest and dries to a nice powder finish; very natural looking and I find very flattering with my skintone
  • e.l.f. spoolie - I'm always struggling to make my brows more defined since they are blonde, a spoolie will blend out a questionable application and is an overall lifesaver!