Saturday, October 27, 2012

EOTD UD Smoked Palette

An eotd. I'm going to make it a habit to do more FOTD's. I just hate doing them because usually when I get a chance to take a photograph is after my makeup has been on for a couple of hours. My makeup is not fresh and God knows how oily my skin is. Id be getting more ewwwws as compliments than anything else. Ha.

Eyes 1: UD Smoked Palettes Evidence on lid. Asphalt in crease. Blackout in outer v.  MAC's rule above crease to blend asphalt and evidence. UD freestyle above rule. Kinky as highlight. Blend kinky and freestyle.

Liner: UD Perversion

Ardell Lashes

Eyes 2: UD Smoked Palette's barlust on lid. Backddor in crease. MAC's rule above barlust to blend. Concealer as highlight.

Liner: UD Perversion

Ardell lashes

Friday, October 26, 2012

Think you don't want or need lash assistance? Of course you do!

That all depends. What exactly is the look you are going for? Do you want fuller lashes? Thick lashes? Sparse and thick lashes? Longer lashes? Whimsical lashes? The list can go on. In my early makeup years, I never used lashes as I thought them too extravagant for an everyday or even an evening look. I wou.ld put on my eyeshadows have them blended to perfection, liner in place and mascara to top everything off. Something was missing sometimes though, and I could never figure out what it was. So of course I ignored it and kept doing what I was doing. Then I realized on certain deeper, more dramtic looks, unless I pumped on the mascara, my lashes got lost. Sometimes loading on the mascara was not enough. I took to YouTube and watched all the talented makeup gurus like frmhead2toe, andreaschoice, destiny godley, beatfacehoney, tymetheinfamous, etc. and noticed they added a special touch of a lash strip for most of their looks. I then went out and bought a pair of lashes. I was skeptical I would look like a clown, but I ended up looking marvelous! My eyes seemed more awake and bright and the eyeshadow seemed to come alive.

Of course there are different types of lashes. Some are more natural, and some more dramatic. Then you have a choice between a strip lash or individuals. Individuals tend to give a more natural looking lash as if they are growing from the roots of your own lash. Strips are a little less natural, but can give you the added drama you may crave for a more dramatic look. Individual lashes do last about two weeks. I must advise that I don't prefer individuals for the fact that they may clump together when you are asleep. I remove my strip lashes for reuse every night. This prolongs the use and shape of the lash.

For those of you who have lush healthy God given lashes...I hate you........................................Just kidding! I wish I had your lashes! But really if your lashes are naturally lush. A quality mascara can have your lashes looking dramatic in no time. If you are unlucky like me. Well. There's Ardell, Moda, NYX. Take your pic :-)

Naked2 EOTD

I hadn't touched my naked 2 palette in a while. Ive been obsessed over UD's Smoked palette ( which I will review later). I used the colors verve , busted and pistol to create this neutral day look. I added some Ardell lashes and called it a day. :-)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Instagram LOTD

Just my instagram look of the day pic. I used my UD Vice palette. Even though you cant really see the colors here, the colors I used were junkie, anonymous, desperation, and black market. OMG, I'm in love with junkie.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Charlotte Russe Shoes on Sale & IndiRemi Hair

I love, love, love, love, love Chartlotte Russe's shoes! They're so fashionable. I was just browsing and stumbled upon these lovely pumps for $15. Kudo's for me.

It's about that time guys, I miss my weave. The only brand that has every really been good to me is IndiRemi. They did let me down the last time I purchased from them. I'm guessing it was because the hair texture was a different texture than what I usually purchase. This time, I just stuck to what I usually purchase so I don't have any surprises. I'll take pics and post my install when it's done. I'll be sure to wear those brown babies as well. Ta Ta...

EOTD Urban Decay & Tokidoki

This is what I wore today. I used the Urban Decay shadows I got on sale this passed weekend. Was, meh, semi impressed at some of the shades. They are not bad, I just expected more of them. I.e. more pigmentation. What I used is listed below.

Primer: UDPP & NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
UD's: Lounge on the lid, Freelove in inner corner, Perversion on outer v
Tokidoki Lion Pappa: Bottom right shade of palette
Tarte Amazonian Clay Lights Camera lashes!
Ardell Lashes

Tokidoki Pittura Brush Set & Siberia Blush Brush

 I had always seen this brush set on, but never really was THAT interested. I dunno, just because I guess. When the price lowered from $35 to $14, for some odd reason, it seemed to peak my interest, :-). So I caved, and purchased the set along with the Siberia blush brush  I find the names of all the characters to be quite cute, coy and uhhh weird at times. Unique nonetheless. These brushes to my amazement are really soft. I  have not used them as of yet, but I'm banking that they will become some of my favorite brushes. Plus, how can you beat the cute the heads at the end? My thing is, when I store them, I'm not going to store them with the brush facing down. Which means it's not going to look as cute on my vanity since the cute little characters will be on the bottom of the brush container.Poo. Oh well. They're still hot, and I can still show them off when I want and how I want. If you like what you see, cop em while you can. Oh! And another thing! I purchased them from the Sephora store at a local JCPenny. What I have noticed is that the sales vary from, the Sephora stores, and the Sephora JCPenny stores. This brush set is available online, but the blush brush IS NOT. Also, I had made a sale purchase many a time on, only to go to JCPenny and find that that same sale item is $3-$6 cheaper. I'm not saying go out of your way for 3 bucks, but if you happen to be around a JCPenny while you're at the mall searching for UGGS, just pop on in do a little research on your phone. See what's cheaper online and whats cheaper in store. Then you can save that extra 3-6 bucks for a Wendy's meal.....I'm hungry...


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation = My HG Foundation

 OMG.... That is really all I have to say about this foundation. It's THAT good. If you are not into full coverage, than I would not suggest this foundation for you. This foundation is described to have 21% pigment. One pump of the stuff is enough to cover entire face and then some. You can even mix this in with some of your moisturizer to thin it out. When thinned out with moisturizer, it becomes no different than a normal medium coverage foundation. In that case, you can save a lot of money as this product should last you a lifetime if you choose to do the moisturizer mix method. I will definitely be stocking up on this product, I'm afraid it may discontinue and come out with something new ( I hate when companies do that). The color selection is a pretty good. It's not hard trying to find a shade to match your skin with this line. I'm an NC44-45 in MAC and shade 66 and this KVD foundation matched me just fine. I must warn though, that this foundation is really thick, and if it's not applied correctly with the proper tools, you will end up with a hot thick mess on your face, not cute. I wouldn't suggest applying with a skunk/duo fiber brush. Go for a kabuki type style brush, as it will sheer this product out to perfection. I have been wearing this for about 1 month now, no break outs, and no irritation. I have sensitive and oily skin so if it did not bother me, I'm pretty sure you will be fine. The finish dries to a nice satin matte finish, is transfer resistant, and will last all day, if not longer, even without a setting spray.
From left to right: Foundation from the pump, foundation slightly blended, foundation fully blended

Tarte's Fantastic Foursome Amazonian clay 12-hour blush enthusiast set

From left to right: Stellar, Angelic, Magic, Fantastic
From top to bottom: Stellar, Angelic, Magic, Fantastic
Picked this up on I was lucky to have seen this, because I have ADD and I bypass so many things unless it TRULY catches my eye. I kind of "scan" things with my eyes when I shop, because I don't have the patience to sift through EVERYTHING. I do this regardless if I'm shopping online or in-store. I do love shopping though, don't get me wrong. I'm addicted to blushes, especially Tarte blushes. This set comes with 3 blushes and one highlighter ( they call the highlighter a blush, but it's a damn highlighter, I hate when companies do that). Boy are these babies pigmented. You are getting a really good deal, as one full sized blush runs you about $25. Although these blushes are not full size (about half the size of the full size, Full is .20 oz half is .10 oz) you are definitely getting your monies worth. Not only that, but these babies should last you a pretty long time. I have them swatched below on my NC45 skintone. I'm deeply in love with stellar, fantastic, and angelic. You might as well say I'm deeply in love with them all! Fantastic is nice, but it's an all to common color for me. That highlighter though is the BIZZZZZZNASSS. I love it, love it, love it! It will go well with many skin tone and gives your skin a more than gorgeous glow. Be careful, an dip your brush lightly or you will look like a shimmery mess, I remind you again, these blushes are pigmented. Definitely go cop this set for you and a friend for Christmas, because it is the shiznit, and you will not be disappointed. I totes love it! Rawr! Yes.... I am a Leo if you were wondering...

Friday, September 28, 2012

NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette

First off, if you already have NARS' Orgasm  just skip buying this palette. I just wanted to put that out there :-). So anywhoo  I have never owned NARS Orgasm blush. I own a couple of others and their highlighters, but I never really fall into the hype of certain things. I get it when I feel like it. I felt like getting this palette as I missed out on last years most prized possession, the Danmari palette ( I deeply regret not getting it, it's like, $5000.00 on eBay). I do love this palette though. The shades are really pigmented (a staple trait with NARS blushes). I guess I shyed away from this platte because I though I had something similar, and plus I heard complaints from WOC that it would not show up on their skin tone no matter how hard they tried. I must admit  the shade did show upon me very well, and it gawjuss! It's very natural looking if you don't overdo it. It does have a slight shimmer, but with a light hand and slowly building coverage, you can get a really nice natural look. Then there are the coral shade and the bright pink, plus a highlighter that you can use to create your own "orgasm" shade. Don't want too much shimmer? Want no shimmer at all? Well It's up to you to use this palette to your liking. The palette runs for $49 at Sephora.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

MAC Pro Sculpting Cream Richly Honed

I'm in a way new to contouring. I mean I do the basic cheekbone contour, and cheekbone highlight. What I was using was great...for an hour, then it completely disappeared. I used Iman's blush in Sable, but the lasting power on that was weak. This Pro Sculpting Cream is a part of MAC Face and Body collection. There are 6 shades and this one is the darkest. I have not tried the others, but I have heard that all the colors are warm toned. That being said this is a GREAT product if it matches your undertone/skin color. It's a cream that dries to a powdery finish. Try it out, if it matches, I bet you will like it.

NYX 40% off at ULTA Haul

Did some major damage this weekend with some major haulage. I received plenty of goodies in the mail, and I just could not stop myself. I heard ULTA was having a 40% off sale on all NYX, Revlon, Almay & Physicians Formula. Take a look at what I got. I also got Tarina Tarantino cheek palette from Sephora, NARS Foreplay Cheek Palette and Fresh Lip Sugars for my burrffday in August. (the cashier associate was so nice, she let me redeem my gift even though I was way overdue).I will be posting swatches and reviews soon after. xoxoxo~Mwah~xoxoxo

Urban Decay Vice Palette 20 Brand SPANKIN' New Shades

I must say, UD did very well with this one. I love Urban Decay, because they actually listen to their consumers. They soak in all the feedback received, and try to add to, or take away from products to satisfy you. I remember with the first Naked palette many people complained that they didn't quite agree with the packaging, so UD changed the packaging of the UD Naked2 to the consumers' advice and preferences. I absolutely love the packaging on the Vice Palette. The shadows come in a hard rubberized case (kind of like NARS packaging). It has a push button to open. Comes with a full sized mirror (I'ts pretty huge). Some of the colors are similar to other UD eye shadows that  they currently have. But nothing is EXACTLY the same. I'm an UD collector, so whatever palette they have out that is not a BOS, I'm pretty sure I have it. I don't really buy into the book of shadows because I feel like they are all re promotes, and I probably can make 3 full BOS' with all of my palettes together. The only color I was "sorta" disappointed with was Freebird. I had to swipe my finger over the shadow quite a few times just to get a good swatch on my arm. But hey, UD does that sometimes, no biggy. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

MAC Yung Rapunxel Amplified Lipstick

I finally got this in the mail today! I had purchased it online, and within minutes of my purchase it was sold out. Not only was it sold out, but my purchase was placed on back order. It was definitely a WTF!?!? moment. I went ahead and gave them a call to see when they would receive the new stock and they told me no more than 2 weeks. Thanks God it didn't take an extra 2 weeks from ordering, but the timing was, meh, O.K. this lip color is perfect for fall. I wouldn't necessarily say this color is "unique" as I'm sure you can find many a dupe for this color. MAC Cyber seems close enough of a color, so if you already own that, you can skip on this one for sure. In the pic I've got it paired with NYX's Black Berry lip liner. Very vampy, but very nice. This color suits women of color very well. If you are on the paler side, I would suggest diluting this with a lighter colored gloss, and a light hand.

EOTD Color Blocking

This is my hmmm, second(?) attempt at color blocking. I don't really feel I'm quite up there in skills with this one yet. I think I put too much color on the center lid. Who cares, its not permanent, I take it off and try again. :-). On another note, what do you think?
Products used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYC jumbo pencil in milk
NYX jumbo pencil in black bean
Sephora Prisma Shadow
Lorac Bejewelled palette (holiday 2011)
MAC Blacktrack
Ardell Lashes
Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
All applied using Sigma Beauty's Ms. Bunny Collection and Sigma Performance Eye Kit

Friday, September 21, 2012

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj Lipglass

Yesterday I did a little haulage. (I Will post the rest later). I picked up this viva glam nicki lipglass. I had been eyeing it for a while, but never really justified the purchase because I thought I had something similar. I do have the viva glam nicki lipstick. Together they do make a wonderful pair. I would say this is less yellow toned than the lipstick is, but it's still very pretty. I love the pigmentation MAC liglasses provide. People may not like the stickiness/tackiness of MAC lipglasses, but I feel that the tackiness is what gives the lipglass its lasting power and wonderful pigmentation. It does not bother me, plus they feel moisturizing. The tube retails for $15. If you have not noticed, within the last month MAC lipsticks and lipglasses, have all gone up by 50 cents. Poo. Of course I'm disappointed at the inflation, but you noticed I still bought it right?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

MAC's Sheen Supreme in New Temptation

Just recently purchased this one today. You can never have too many reds. It's a must have in your makeup collection. Plus, I am always on the search for that perfect red. This is a sheen supreme so the color contains a nice glossy sheen. I had no problems with the pigmentation, as the color applied pretty evenly. It's described as a vivid blue red. It does contain blue undertones and I believe this color is workable on many skin tones. How do you like the way it looks on me?

Friday, September 14, 2012

MAC's Sheen Supreme Tea Ceremony

This color is my usual go to neutral lip. Its a low key neutral beige pink, that will work well with most skin tones, especially with woman of color. The color is not too pale, so it wont wash you out, nor will you need a liner to "tone" it down because it can be worn alone. No gloss, no nothing. It's a sheen supreme lipstick, so it goes on pretty smooth and has a glossy finish. It's very creamy. I wouldn't call it "moisturizing" though. It does not leave my lips dry, yet it does not have my lips feeling completely moisturized. It could just be me, because I'm picky like that. Today I have it paired with my fave liner Iman's Espresso. Voici!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolor in Embrace

I had an impulse buy at wally word the other day.I decided to go for this color, as I thought it would be a great dupe for my long lost love Urban Decay's Jilted. They fall fairly close, but this one here leans a little more violet. I've paired it here with Iman's Lip pencil in espresso, and topped it off with Stila's lip glaze in raisin.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NARS Liberte Blush

Can you say "OMG this is my favorite blush in the world???!!!???" Yes this is that blush. It's described as a burnished apricot. Very nice, and warm toned. We all know that NARS has the perfect blushes for women of color and this blush here is definitely on that list. I would say if you are too cool toned to steer away from it as it can make you look, kind of, I don't know, tacky? But if you do have a tan or any color or bronzeyness to your skin, this blush just adds that perfect glow. It gives a nice burned sun kissed glow to be exact. As with all NARS blushes, use SPARINGLY because it is pigmented as hell. You barely need to tap your brush in it to get some color, so this is a good investment as it will last you a long time. You can't afford to mess up with NARS blushes when doing your makeup. It's not like " Oh, I put too much, let me get some powder and..." No. you will need to wash your face and start over, or you will look like a clown.Period. I will post pics of how it looks on my nc45 skin soon. Until then, comment away!

MAC's Nymphette Lipglass = Must Have!

You always here about signature staple products on the market, you know everyday products that certain beauty guru's or just regular folks can not live with out? Well this happens to be be of them!  If ever I'm at the mall I always stop at MAC, Sephora, or ULTA (if it happens to be around) just to see whats new. Although this is not a new product, I'm always hearing about it. Before I chose nymphette, I had also tried out Oyster Girl, which is another staple lipglass. It was not as flattering on me as nymphette was, but it was definitely wearable nonetheless. I have been wearing this at least 3 times a week weather it be with or without lipstick. Of course all MAC lipglasses are super sticky but it helps with the longevity of the gloss. This lasts on me for about 3 hours before you start to feel it fade away (without eating or drinking). I will have swatches up soon of how it looks on me, so stay tuned!

Sweet, Straight and Simple

Nothing much to say here. Just one of my regular clients along with then prettiest dollface munchkin you see here. She's so grown and knows exactly what she wants, I just wanted to gobble her up she was so cute. Both of them are natural with extremely thick hair. I used my tried and true Mizani Thermasmooth system on them both to achieve this sleek look.