Monday, July 30, 2012

Winged Liquid Liner on Mature/Hooded Eyes, with Video

I filmed another up-close view using liquid liner to create a wing shape on my somewhat hooded or "mature" eyes (different than a hooded monolid).

(video link here)

I created the look using the very easy to apply NYX Super Fat Eye Marker, sadly the lasting power and durability isn't good at all.  I would not recommend it, unless you can get a really good deal and want to practice with a very easy to use marker-style liner.  I can't recommend any other markers with good staying power as I haven't used any worth recommending.

I took these pictures in the evening, a good 6-7 hours after the video but I must confess.  The NYX liner was fading even with my efforts to double-up after letting one coat dry, so before I went to dinner I traced over it with my L'Oreal Lineur Intense Carbon Black which has very good staying power.  It's interesting to see how different the shapes look on each eye in pictures, above it seems quite drastic but this is due to blinking and the fact that I have a decent amount of sagging in my eyelid (which is most easily noticed when lifting my eyebrows, all of the sudden a whole new section of liner is revealed).

Here is a fairly drastic wing with eyes closed, on the left eye which creases before the corner of my eyes.

With my eyes open, a good chunk of the outer half of the liner is hidden but the wing is outside the crease.

I promise if I lifted my brows here, you'd see almost double the liner. :)  The wing looks fairly small (and kind of smudged, oops).

And on the right eye, the wing looks a little curled up due to the crease folder over part of it.

So hopefully the extra views plus my actual application, and subsequent cleaning up of my mistakes, helps. :)  Let me know if you have any tips, thoughts, frustrations with winged liner!  I find it to be one of the harder things to do, there's so many variables to consider.

Products used:

  •  Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer SPF 15
  •  MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl
  •  Milani Minerals Blush in Sweet Rose (discontinued)
  •  Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight
  •  Wet 'N Wild ColorIcon trio in The Gilded Age (Limited Edition Summer 2011)
  •  NYX Super Fat Eye Marker
  •  Urban Decay shadow in Shakedown (matte, discontinued)
  •  Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
  •  Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
  •  CoverGirl LashBlast Volume mascara
  •  Garnier Anti-Dark-Circle Roller

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mascara Swatching Series: Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes

Next up in my mascara swatching series, Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes.  Previous post was CoverGirl LashBlast Volume. This is a plastic bristle brush that tapers down to a small point with tiny short bristles. Basically, I almost always make a mess on my lids.  Especially on lower lashes, it's a guarantee. Then I try to clean it up after dried with a dry q-tip and end up with a fiber tangled in my lashes and stuck to my eyeball.  Not good for me I tell you!

It can definitely give some length but also has that spiky effect of the same width from the base to tips.

Here's one eye done for reference of my bare lashes hiding out! :)

Smudged up lid, what a mess Nicole!
I think the effect I got is similar to what I do with most mascaras, this requires less work to get my usual look  compared to (for example) LashBlast Volume. Below you'll see on the right I have smudges all over top and bottom lid. Terrible.

I do like that this mascara doesn't dry out quickly or get clumpy. It's a fairly wet formula but not super-thin-wet that takes a while to dry, and it does build up fairly easily. My lashes don't bump my lid (or only rarely) so I don't mind the wet formula, I know that's more of a problem for others. Overall, I might buy it again but there's always something new to try so it might not be for a while. :) Another nice thing is that the price is pretty low, at Target not on sale it's under $5 here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

LORAC TANtalizer Deep Body Bronzing Luminizer - Swatches and Impression

I ordered something with ULTA that gave me a deluxe sample of LORAC TANtalizer Deep Body Bronzing Luminizer, figured I'd swatch it and give my first impression. And probably only impression.  This isn't a self-tanner, it's body makeup intended for arms/legs/wherever.  It's a deeper shade of their TANtalizer bronzing luminizer that's supposed to give you a Hollywood Red Carpet look apparently.  Well, so.  My first impression was - this smells like my Mom's old Christmas candles.  Boyfriend reads vanilla, so it must be just a flavor of vanilla I associate with her candles (cheap waxy vanilla methinks).

It's a nice color, and shimmery.  Not just a sheen, it's lots of small sparkles.

Once I blended it out, I was covered in small shimmer but it's not visible in all lights.  In the lighting in the kitchen, it was like glitterball but on the couch in the living room I didn't see more than I have in the picture below.  It reminded me of this Olay Quench lotion that has shimmer - it's not visible in all lighting either, but it's a slightly smaller sparkle.  The LORAC is more noticeable in the right lighting.

So I blended it out quite thoroughly on the left hand there, right hand is bare (and I was bumbling around a while before taking pictures - including eating dinner, some might have rubbed off a bit).  My hands are probably around NC0-5, lighter than my face for reference.  I think this would be a bit deeper if not blended so much, but I was having a little difficulty getting it even.  You can see a couple sparkles, but I took these pictures with fading light and a flash so just imagine those sparkles all over.

I would possibly consider wearing this on my legs since those are probably NC-10 (seriously, it's a little frightening even to me) but I'm sweaty and I'd be worried about it smearing/running.  And I don't think I could stand the scent covering any significant amount of my body.

Have you tried it?  Or taken a sniff?  Would love to know what you think!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mascara Swatching Series: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume

One of my recent favorite finds in the beauty blogging world is Angie, also known as Your BFF!  Her blog is here: Your Beauty Fashion Fitness and she had a post recently with before and after of a mascara.  I had been thinking about swatching my mascaras for a while, but hadn't decided how I wanted to present it.  I thought I could do the same thing, with a little tweak of not putting any eye makeup or liner so I couldn't "cheat" the effect of the mascara. :)

First in my series! The ever-popular CoverGirl LashBlast Volume.  I've used this mascara off and on since it was launched, I always liked it but never full-on love.  The short bristles can poke me in the waterline in an unpleasant way, and I find it a little trickier working with those short plasticky bristles.

So, here's my mostly invisible (blonde) bare lashes.  They are fairly long, curly enough that I don't bother with curlers and moderately dense.  I feel I am pretty lucky in the lash arena - not crazy lush like Makeup by TiffanyD but pretty good. :)

Straight on they're kind of hard to pick out, but at the side you can see hey she does have lashes!

I have to work with the mascara quite a lot to get the thickness at the base that I prefer and sometimes it can get a little spiky with the thickness being the same from root to tip.  Personally I prefer something that easily thickens at the base but will leave a thinner coat at the tips.

And as with most of the mascaras I took photos of, I did get some smudges on my upper and lower lids that I had to clean up afterwards.  If I have a darker shadow or liner on though, I will admit I just leave the smudges. ;)

Let me know how LashBlast Volume works for you!  Love it or hate it?  I'd rate it just an OK for me. :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

L'Oreal Infallible Eyes Demo/Tutorial, with Video

New video up!  I recorded this while creating the look featured in my Face of the Day yesterday using four of my much loved new L'Oreal Infallible shadow singles swatched here.  I spent time cooped up in a black car trying to read the manual on jumping it as well as testing out my new bike, so this makeup was put to the test with some major sweating.  At the end of the day, the eyes were looking just as fresh as when applied.  Love it!

(video link here)

Products used:
  • LORAC ProtecTINT SPF 30 in Dare To Bare tinted moisturizer
  • LORAC Behind the Scenes eye primer
  • Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum Pressed Powder in Translucent Fair
  • L'Oreal Infallible 24HR shadows in Bottomless Java, Amber Rush, Pink Sapphire, Liquid Diamond
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes black liner in 0L
  • Urban Decay matte shadow in Shakedown (discontinued)
  • Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
  • Maybelline Volum' Express Mega Plush
  • Benefit Girl Meets Pearl highlight
  • MAC Beauty Powder in Blush of Youth 
  • LORAC High Shine gloss in Peach
Would love to know if you've tried these shadows and what you think of them in the comments!  Thanks for stopping by.

L'Oreal Infallible Shadows with Swatches in Bottomless Java, Amber Rush, Liquid Diamond, Pink Sapphire

I've loved Pink Sapphire in the L'Oreal Infallible 24HR shadows since I purchased it, it's been used in several posts recently.  I bought Liquid Diamond next, then when again at the oh-so-tempting drugstore I picked up Bottomless Java and Amber Rush.  I love how pigmented they are, easy to blend and maintain the vibrancy all day through heat and sweat (I wear them with a primer underneath).

Pink Sapphire is shimmery, on the metallic side and light-medium warm pink.  Liquid Diamond is a medium silver with a purple lilac tone.

Bottomless Java looks red-brown in the packaging window but is actually a slightly warm medium brown with some shimmer - but isn't metallic like the other shades.  Amber Rush is full-on metallic, very pigmented warm peachy copper.

They have a stopper in them that needs to stay in the package to keep the product pressed down.  The Amber Rush shade was flaking up a bit so I made sure to tap down the product with the little stopper.  The looser product feels like a pigment, reminds me of the MAC Surf Baby crushed metallic pigments actually that I got about a year ago (those can be ultra messy if not careful!).

Let me know if you've tried these shadows and what you think of them!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

L'Oreal Infallible Shadows - Face of the Day

I picked up four total L'Oreal Infallible 24HR shadows, I've mentioned Pink Sapphire in several posts. Here's a quick post with swatches of the four shadows in this eye look. I recorded a little video showing how I applied the four shadows, here's some pictures of the completed look!

I used Bottomless Java over the lid, Amber Rush softening the crease, Pink Sapphire blended up into the brow and lastly blended Liquid Diamond from the inner corner in towards the center of lid about one third of the way.

And for the rest of my face!
  • LORAC ProtecTINT SPF 30 in Dare To Bare tinted moisturizer
  • LORAC Behind the Scenes eye primer
  • Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum Pressed Powder in Translucent Fair
  • L'Oreal Infallible 24HR shadows in Bottomless Java, Amber Rush, Pink Sapphire, Liquid Diamond
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes black liner in 0L
  • Urban Decay matte shadow in Shakedown (discontinued)
  • Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
  • Maybelline Volum' Express Mega Plush
  • Benefit Girl Meets Pearl highlight
  • MAC Beauty Powder in Blush of Youth 
  • LORAC High Shine gloss in Peach

Monday, July 9, 2012

June 2012 Favorites Face of the Day, With Video

I filmed several different things for favorites, but nothing was looking so great so I threw together this face of the day video featuring favorites this morning.

(video link here)

L'Oreal Infallible 24HR shadow in Pink Sapphire - I posted about this here not long ago, I am in love with this formula and color!  It's super easy to throw on your lid for a bright shiny pink sheen, using brushes or a fingertip.  I love how intense it stays over primer 14-16 hours, as fresh as the morning I put it on - even through muggy sweaty summer heatwaves.

L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Espresso - Also featured this in a several looks posted lately.  It's a nice neutral dark brown, doesn't go red on me.  It's a very cream formula, the brush it comes with is definitely usable and I do use it sometimes.  It's good for a very thin line next to the lashes especially.  It has good staying power, nicely pigmented and easy to work with.  And since it's a drugstore liner, you can work sales/coupons to get a good price!  Always love that.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer - I love highlighters, as you probably know if you've been following me any amount of time!  This is a nice light beige gold highlighter, very shimmery but not glittery or super frosty/metallic.  It gives a nice reflective golden sheen (sort of reminds me of the Dior shimmer powder in Amber Diamond).  I got it also from - they have had theBalm products 2 or 3 times in the past 6-12 months at 50% off - an awesome deal.

My Ultimate Sweatproof Brow Combo!

  • Urban Decay shadow in Shakedown (matte, discontinued)
  • Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
  • Urban Decay Dew Me setting spray
So I'm a sweaty gal, let's face it.  And I spend 15-20 minutes outside walking to and from public transportation first thing in the morning going to work.  So, invariably, I will sweat some amount.  For whatever reason, I sweat a lot at the front of my eyebrows and would end up with a weird blotchy bald spot.  With the 80F+ at 7AM lately, I've been trying out products and combinations that would avoid that all so unpleasant spotty brow situation.  I found these three together will hold up to sweat, so awesome.  I only spray the Dew Me on the upper half of my face, it does seem to cause a little aggravation of acne if I get it on my chin.

Other items used:
  • LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
  • Revlon ColorStay Combo/Oily in Ivory 110
  • Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum Pressed Powder in Translucent Fair
  • Garnier Anti-Dark-Circle roller
  • L'Oreal Infallible 24HR shadow in Liquid Diamond
  • theBalm Nude 'tude palette, Sultry shade
  • CoverGirl LashBlast Volume
  • Estee Lauder True Color lipstick in Barely Nude (ha! not so barely-nude on me)
  • Benefit blush in Bella Bamba (deluxe sample from a Sephora 100 point option)
Let me know if you have any questions or comments, and what your favorite products are these days!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Face of The Day July 4th with Pinks and Giant LORAC Bronzer

Quick face of the day that I'm wearing today, July 4th.  It's not particularly festive, just a pink and bronze natural face featuring my ginormous LORAC bronzer used on the cheeks.  It came in the Bejeweled Jewelry Day to Night set, I'm not sure why they included such a giant bronzer, but okay!

I used a light layer of Maybelline Fit Me foundation in 110 on my nose and cheeks to tone down redness and a bit on my chin on forehead to match up and even things out.  It's probably the lightest shade of foundation I've found, possibly the MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet+ in No 15 is as light, but that leans pink.  The Fit Me is fairly neutral toned.  It is sheer to light coverage, which I prefer.  I set the foundation and toned down shine with my fairly new Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum Pressed Powder in Translucent Fair.

For eyes (LORAC eye primer first of course!), I applied (with finger) L'Oreal Infallible shadow in Sapphire Pink on the lid, blended a mix of Urban Decay Naked and Buck through the crease, layered over a bit of Urban Decay Sin on top of the lid to help brighten the inner half.  Put a decently thick line of L'Oreal Infallible liner in Espresso close to the lashline.  Last and most obnoxious, applied a generous layer of Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express mascara - I find this stuff a pain to apply.  Takes a lot of time to build up and lashes tend to stick together once you do get a lot of product on them.  Would not recommend or repurchase, but your experience may vary of course!

Under my eyes I put Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen (which is an eye base but I was curious if it would sit well under eyes), then topped up in the deep depression looking particularly shaded today with Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in light.  Urban Decay Shakedown matte (discontinued) shadow applied with angled brow brush on to brows.  And look at the mighty bronzer!  It's not matte, not super shimmery, but has a sheen.  It's kind of a reddish tone which for me is very similar to if I had gotten a touch of a sunburn on top of my freckles and isn't too deep of a shade, so I like it on my cheeks.  And seems I always forget something, so I tacked on a separate image of the LORAC gloss into my grouping. :)  The flash highlighted the nice fine pearly shimmer these glosses have.

Products used (in the order applied no less):

  • LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
  • Maybelline Fit Me foundation in 110
  • L'Oreal Infallible shadow in Pink Sapphire
  • Urban Decay NAKED palette in Naked, Buck and Sin
  • L'Oreal Infallible gel liner in Espresso
  • Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen
  • Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in Light
  • Urban Decay matte shadow in Shakedown (discontinued)
  • LORAC Bronzer from Bejeweled Day to Night set
  • LORAC High Shine lip gloss in Peach

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Face of The Day with Milani Runway Eyes and Colorstay Oily/Combo

I had tried Revlon Colorstay Combo/Oily in 110 Ivory a while ago, but I think I got an old bottle and it went on terribly dry and cakey.  I had used the Normal/Dry formulation instead for a while, but it didn't stand up to my oils any better than anything else and would slide around after a couple hours (if I barely touch my face and a line of foundation will accumulate where it was touched, yuck).  Thought I'd give the Combo/Oily another shot and made sure to get a fresh bottle this time. :)

On my eyes, I used Milani Runway Eyes in Catwalk.  This palette is not a package form factor that I like at all.  It's such a pain to get the shadows out because the strips are so thin, they are raised and quite a lot of powder falls out into the package.  That said, the shadow itself works well, but since you have to scrub with your brush the powder it tends to have a little fallout when applying.

I used the steel gray over the lid, with the white in the inner third of my lid.  Through the crease, I used the copper then deepened with burgundy over top.

Used L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Espresso applied with the brush it came with, made a verrrry thin line next to the lashes.

Products used:

  • LORAC Behind the Scenes eye primer (forgot to put in picture, woops!)
  • Revlon Colorstay Combo/Oily in 110 Ivory applied with Coastal Scents Flat Top Buffer Brush
  • Milani Runway Eyes in Catwalk - middle steel gray, white, copper, burgundy
  • Estee Lauder (came in a purchase with purchase kit) blending and small eye brush
  • e.l.f. fan brush (for fallout under eyes)
  • L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Espresso
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash
  • Boots No 7 High Lights Illumination lotion (bit too subtle for my likes, blends out to almost nothing)
  • Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Petal (use a heavy had to get any color, like a Dream Mousse blush)
  • Garnier Anti-Dark-Circle Roller under eyes
  • CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Rose & Shine (pearl) lipstick

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Small Winged/Flick Liner with Slightly Hooded Eyes

My eyes aren't full-on hooded, but are in the category likely deemed "mature".  My right eyelid droops a bit more than the left so that the crease extends past the corner of my eye.  I've always struggled with winged liner due to that eye shape.  Also they are on the rounded end of the spectrum, drooping down a touch and I don't feel they take to the elongated shape achieved with a small flick/wing.

Since I recently took pictures of my new L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Espresso with a small wing, I thought I'd do a little post about it.  I have tried and failed to do wings many times in the past.  What might seem perfect with eyes closed can get all curly and droopy once eyes are open.

What I've been trying lately is only slightly extended past my outer corner and not winging upwards too far.  Also starting the wing before the outer corner fully begins, which helps lift up the droopy corners a tad.  I think ultimately if you have hooded/mature eyes, wings are never going to look the same as someone who doesn't.  But with this small wing, it gives a boost to your lashes and can enhance that bedroom eyes look.

You can see here on the left eye, my crease doesn't extend as far so the wing can actually go up higher without getting caught up in the crease, but I need to match up to the other side so it's small and a little lower.

Do you have any winged linger tips or woes?  Working with your particular eye shape, texture of skin, etc; I'd love to hear about it!