Saturday, June 30, 2012

New L'Oreal Goodies, Infallible Shadow and Gel/Cream Liner

I picked up a couple things from Walgreens since I had two manufacturer's coupons and it was buy one get one 50% off.  I put my eye makeup on at 6:30 AM and took pictures around 8:30 PM today, without touch-ups (I did however remove face makeup and apply some powder and blush).

I had been wanting to try out the Infallible single shadows since they came out, they have a loosely pressed pigment type texture that feels creamy swatching with your fingers.  I grabbed Pink Sapphire, easy shade to wear over the lid into the crease; I applied it with my fingers today.

Swatched heavily on the left and blended out a bit on the right.

I'm really surprised at the longevity of this shadow, it hadn't faded or creased after 14 hours.  I wore it over the LORAC Behind the Scenes primer which is my regular primer.  Most shadows I have will fade a bit by that time.  Even when swatching on my inner arm pictured above, it's been 4 hours and rubbed against clothing and still is very visible.  In my experience, that's really unusual!  Most light colored swatches will rub off in 15 minutes in that spot.

To go with the shadow, I also bought a L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Espresso, a gel/cream liner that comes with its own brush.  I don't have any deep brown gel liners, so I figured I'd give this one a go.

 It's very nicely pigmented, a good dark shade of neutral brown and the brush it comes with is fairly easy to work with.  Definitely not difficult to get a precise line, I just find this shape to be a little harder to work with when layering a thicker line as it can rub off some of the liner.  I'm sure this is just my inability to use the brush the best way though.

Overall quite happy with the purchase!  I'm intrigued by the shadow formula and might need to pick another one up if I can find a color that's unique to my collection.

Products used:

  • Sonia Kashuk pressed powder in Translucent Fair applied with puff
  • Garnier Anti-Dark-Circle Roller under eyes
  • LORAC Behind the Scenes eye primer
  • L'Oreal Infallible shadow in Pink Sapphire
  • L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Espresso
  • CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume 
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash
  • theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer
  • Maybelline Dream Mousse blush in Soft Plum
  • LORAC lip gloss in Rose

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Show and Tell FOTD with theBalm Meet Matt(e), shu uemura hard formula for brows, and more! with Video

Back again with a new video!  Really on a filming kick, I especially like being able to share with you guys by just recording doing my makeup one day on the weekend. :)  Something more fun somehow than suffering over getting a good picture of everything.  Below I go into a bit more detail and depth on the items in the video.

(video link here)

So this time around, I wanted to share some of my new stuff or things I haven't really talked about on my blog.  And now that I've revisited these items a few times since the video, I have a few more thoughts or things I didn't have time to blather on about.

  • Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen: A light colored eye base that evens out my lids to a shade closer to the rest of my skin, mutes my freckles a bit to provide a clearer canvas for eye makeup.  Only downside to this I've found - I can't wear it alone with shadows, especially in the heat of summer it will crease without primer underneath.
  • theBalm Meet Matt(e) shadow palette: I mentioned this in the video, while these shadows swatch nicely and feel smooth and pigmented, they are on the slightly powdery side.  If you dip in with the tip of a brush, you can fluff up a good amount of powder which can get messy.  Other than that, I like the palette.
  • Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer + Brightener: This is a twist up brush applicator that says can be used as primer and anywhere else to brighten, I used it as primer and under eyes originally when buying and found it to cause some stinging.  I didn't use it for some time due to this, but have found it's fine under my eyes now.  It has that pink/peach tone that can brighten some dark circles, but doesn't have much coverage per se.  Enough for me.  I recall using it as a primer being acceptable, not as good as my LORAC or Too Faced Shadow Insurance, but good enough for an 8 hour day.
  • shu uemura hard formula in seal brown 02: I'd been wanting to try this for a long time after seeing it in Heidi's videos (her youtube channel: jalapena2007) - I mentioned it in a wishlist during spending freeze post last year.  Supposedly this works with the oils in your brow hairs and lasts a long, long time (some say months+ without sharpening).  Now, I need to use a good amount of product because I need color otherwise my blonde brows get lost in my pale skin, so I don't think I'll get that kind of longevity no matter how fabulous the product is.  Nonetheless, I like the color of the pencil and since it's very dry it's easier to control (creamy can go nuts quickly, harder to screw up with something needs lots of layers and work).
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara: Another Heidi recommendation!  She had raved a lot about this mascara several times, I got a sample of it a while back but wasn't over the moon for it.  Now that it has dried out some, it's definitely more workable.  I like how it builds up very thin dry layers that isn't clumpy or spiky from something too wet.  Still not compelled to buy it, but I rarely feel the need to buy a higher end mascara.
  • Japonesque Pro Blush Brush: For a while I was obsessed with finding the "perfect" eye blending/crease brush, something that wasn't too big or too long/floppy, too stiff, etc.  Well, now lately I've been seeking the perfect blush brush.  I was willing to spend a little more because all of the rave reviews I'd read about the Japonesque brush said it was super soft.  I wanted something fluffier (to avoid clowning my cheeks, which is easy to do when you're translucent) and not too gigantic, soft to blend comfortably.  It really is super soft, a good size, blends comfortably and doesn't apply too much product.
  • Sigma Performance Eyes Kit: I didn't go into it much in the video, I used the tiny blending brush E36 in the video but found it too small, long and floppy to be very effective.  Totally forgot at the time of doing the voiceover, but my E36 blending brush shed like no tomorrow! I thought it was going to honestly loose all the hairs after washing it once.  By far the most shedding of any Sigma brush I've bought.  I wasn't really too excited about any of the brushes in the kit; the E21 smudge brush and the tiny eyeliner E11 brush are the only ones that were unique in my collection and I personally would recommend - most of the shader/blending brushes are sort of scratchy.  Some just feel redundant in a kit, I'd prefer the option to buy them separately too.
So that about wraps it up!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you check out the video too!  Let me know what new things you've been trying out lately in the comments. :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Get Ready with Me - theBalm Nude 'tude and Milani Infinite Liquid Liner, with Video

New video uploaded, another get ready with me (this time with voice over now that I have a decent headset with microphone!) using theBalm's Nude 'tude palette and a bright blue liner from Milani in shade Infinite.

(video link here)

I didn't really plan this look beyond a general idea on the palette and liner being involved, so it changed gears midway through.  There were so many cool tones happening at once, I had to go over with warmer shadows to tone down the zombie-factor!

Products used:

  • LORAC eye primer
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body #38
  • theBalm Nude 'tude
  • Milani Infinite Liquid Liner in shade Infinite
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium AshPhysicians Formula MineralWear Talc-free pressed mineral powder in Translucent
  • ULTA Extreme Wear Mousse Blush in Peach Glow
  • Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Blush Duo - Desert Flower (matte)
  • Dior shimmer in Amber Diamond
  • Stila Forever Your Curl mascara
  • philosophy lip gloss in Mimosa

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm

So I decided this product needed a post the day I got it.  It was a little shocking when I looked in the mirror after it had been on a couple hours!

The packaging and product look like a light peach, I was concerned it would be too light and would glob up in my dry skin patches on lips (which are inevitable).  But, I should not have been concerned, it actually went pretty bright coral pink on me.  Who knew.  I guess it had to stain somehow, and you can't stain lighter I imagine!!

There's the product, and my lips after it had been on half of the day (2-3 reapplications) and all that was left was the stain.  Huh!  After reapplying over the stain, it appears a bit lighter but the pink still is the main attraction.

When applied initially, it only appears like what I swatched on my hand.  It takes some time and develops the pink hue.  I left a swatch on my hand for about 30 minutes, you can barely see a trace of the pink stain it left.

So!  I'm not sure if it's so dramatic because my lips took the stain well and my skin is pale enough to contrast strongly or what.  I looked up some other swatches online and didn't see the same dramatic difference from tube to stain.  I like the color at the end of the day, but it's a bit surprising to say the least. :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Adventures in Depotting, Attempt #2

Quite some time ago, I tried depotting some items.  I went for shadows I didn't like much for the experiment and as you'll see from this blog about it - it was a failure for the most part.

WARNING: Depot with caution, if using heat make sure to be in a well-ventilated room and have a fire extinguisher at hand.  There are other methods that do not require flame that I did not use.  Also do not hold products over the flame directly with your hands, the plastic is hot enough to melt.  DO NOT use flame near the alcohol, it is VERY flammable!  Beware of breaking products as they can cut skin and damage eyes if any stray pieces go flying about.
Please be safe my lovely readers!!

I've been waffling over buying an empty palette since then - because I knew it would mean I'd need to depot some items I actually cared about.  And I was afraid.  But, I bit the bullet finally and bought a Z-Palette since it seemed like the best value for money and I liked the window.  I don't mind that it's made of cardboard.

I was successful this time, though I did damage two of my favorite blushes a bit (of course).  Urban Decay discontinued blush in Score and Milani Minerals in Luminous.

About half of them came out just using alcohol and prying out.  The other half I had to melt out (which I greatly dislike doing).  The damage to Score and Luminous were my refusal to believe they required heat and trying to pry with alcohol even though it was obviously not working.

I used the pillow case there to help me snap the plastic of the Wet 'N Wild package and the e.l.f. Studio blush.  Anything that required breaking the plastic basically, I broke them with the aid of the pillowcase to protect from cuts and keep any projectile plastic pieces from flying.  The Milani Minerals were tough nuts.  I had to get the mirror out first (but alcohol took care of that glue) then melt the plastic tray it exposed.  Note these are NOT the Baked blushes.  I also had a lot of trouble getting enough heat to melt the Urban Decay packaging.  The easiest by far was pixi, thank you pixi for putting in a pinhole for me to use!!  So awesome, just popped right out.  Next easiest was Physicians Formula, their powders usually are noticeably loose (not to the point of falling out, just wiggling) and I was able to just pry those out without any products.

Ahh, the fruits of my labor.

Updated with some better pictures and after reorganizing the blushes to be more.. appealingly organized? :)

Now I'm thinking maybe I should buy a few more empty palettes... :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Round up of Sample Society Items as of June

While I was doing the post-shower face routine I got thinking about the products I've finished since I started receiving Sample Society from and Allure magazine boxes.  Thought it might make an interesting post, so let's see!  *Edited to update, I just finished up the Caudalie.
  • Dermalogica Microfoliant: March - purchased full size
  • Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel: April - used for nightly face wash, liked it but not enough to repurchase
  • Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream: June - the sample was very small, felt nice but nothing special for the high price tag ($90 something)
Well now that I'm reviewing my stuff, I guess I haven't completed as much as I thought, but several are still in the rotation.
Things I haven't completed but am working my way through or are in the queue to use once I finish something else:
  • Stila Forever Your Curl mascara: May - starting to dry out
  • Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen: March - still using it daily for morning eye cream (is full sized)
  • By Terry Echantillon Creme de Rose: April - started using past couple weeks on neck, very rose scented and to me I get a feeling of honey for some reason, getting close to finishing it as well
  • Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser: June - since I'm done with the Boscia, I'm using the Murad now for nightly face wash
  • StriVectin SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles: May - will start using on neck once I'm done with the By Terry
Stuff that I decided I did not want to use for whatever reason:
  • DDF Amplifying Elixir: April - used before moisturizer, seemed to make me break out a little
  • Murad Hybrids Acne Primer: April - there's a tint and it's a little dark for my skin
  • Bond No. 9 New York Wall Street Bon Bon Sample: May - I thought it was interesting but not necessarily something I liked, boyfriend said dead fish smell so that's a pass!
There have been a couple Oscar La Renta perfume samples that I've liked, but I have a lot of perfume (and samples of perfumes).  There's also been several hair products, but I don't use those much.  I'm just not much of a hair-person, I am too lazy to use products outside of conditioners. :)  There may be other odds and ends that are around that I don't feel strongly enough either way to mention.

Monday, June 11, 2012

5 Minute Makeup Challenge, with Video

So I've been going a little crazy now that I have a filming situation that works decently, still working out some kinks but I'm getting there.  One thing that I thought would be pretty easy and fun to do - and not having a high chance of success was the five minute makeup challenge.  I'm decidedly slow at applying makeup, so I figured it would be good practice for me to push myself into getting a done face together in a short time.  I was also spurred on by the question on about 2 minute makeup - I was surprised how many people said they'd get several items done!  My goal is mascara in 2 minutes. :)

I opted for eye primer, concealer, wash of color and highlight on eyes, powder, blush, brow powder, mascara.
Watch the video to see if I made it! :)

(video link here)
If any of you have done this challenge too, I'd love to see it!

Products used:
  • LORAC primer
  • Revlon PhotoReady concealer in Light
  • Wet 'N Wild Color Icon single in Nutty
  • pixi All Over-Magic No 3 for brow and inner corner highlight
  • Physicians Formula MineralWear Talc-free pressed mineral powder in Translucent
  • Urban Decay blush in Score (discontinued)
  • Urban Decay matte shadow in Shakedown (discontinued)
  • Stila Forever Your Curl (sample)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

May 2012 Beauty Favorites, with Video

Well I'm a bit late, but better than never right!

  • Nail combo: Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat and Seche Vite top coat
  • Setting powder with SPF: Peter Thomas Roth Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral SPF 30
  • Liners: Urban Decay 24/7 brown/taupe from Naked travel liner kit in Stray Dog, Underground, Demolition, Bourbon
  • Foundation: MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body in shade #38
  • Brow pencil: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash
  • Cream blush: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Blushwear Creme Colour in PawPaw

Here's a video if you want to see me ramble about them for a bit!

(video link here)

The nail combination has been working to keep polish on for 1 week+ which is awesome.  When I was using a Seche nail strengthener, it was only lasting 2-3 days which was driving me bonkers.  The Revlon base coat is a little thick since I'm about half through it, I think it works even better!

The setting powder has an uncomfortably scratchy brush, but I like having a powder made for extra SPF now that it's daylight for all my public transportation which comes up to about 40-45 minutes daily.

I had been wanting more cool brown liners so I picked up this Urban Decay 24/7 travel liner set on hautelook for a good price.  I've been enjoying Demolition, Underground, Stray Dog and Bourbon for something less harsh than black and cooler to balance some overly warm looks.

I've been using and enjoying my MUFE Face & Body #38 for some time - ultimately what convinces me is despite the color being a little dark pink, it doesn't settle into my pores which everything else I have does these days.

The Anastasia brow pencil is a nice cooler taupe shade, something warm can go downright orange on me which doesn't really match up with my hair.  It has a very small pencil, has lasted a good bit of time despite using quite often and I can create a nice defined shape with a bit more of an arch without looking too "done".

And of course, my much raved about Jemma Kidd PawPaw cream blush.  It's super easy to apply and I'm still loving orange/coral/peach shades to avoid enhancing redness.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Get Ready With Me - Wet 'N Wild Comfort Zone, with Video

Posted a video for a weekend look using Wet 'N Wild's Comfort Zone palette.  Thought it might be fun for a change instead of pictures!

(video link here)

I had a horrible time building up the coverage and volume with that Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express mascara.  I spent a good five minutes on it, which is terrible even for me!  In the Wet 'N Wild Comfort Zone palette, I used that MAC Club dupe (the definer with red-brown base and teal shimmer) in the crease, the coppery shade on the lid and lower lashes, silvery browbone shade on inner corner.

Let me know what you think!