Friday, June 24, 2011

FOTD 6.24.11 Sephora Make Overs!

Brittanie decided to do my makeup in a classic Hollywood style, and I am in love with the result!

Make Up Forever Microperfecting Base
Make Up Forever HD Foundation in 110
Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer in Pink Porcelain
Makeup Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder
Nars Orgasm Blush
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Nars Copacabana Illuminator

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
Urban Decay ABC Gum on the lid
Urban Decay Toasted in the crease
Urban Decay Twice Baked in outer crease
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
Benefit Bad Gal Lash
Sephora Glam False Eyelashes

Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Stick in Barcelona
Buxom Buxom Lip Plumper in Betty

Sister FOTD 6.24.11 Sephora Make Overs!

My sister's best friend Brittnie works at Sephora and needed to be certified to do makeup. So she asked my sister and I if we wanted to be her models. She needed to do a three color look, and an eyeliner look. It was a lot of fun, and I'm glad we got to help her out (she passed, btw!). Plus I got to try out some stuff I had never tried before.

Katie went first for the three color look. I wasn't watching as she was doing her makeup, so I don't remember everything that was used, but I was able to figure out a few things:

Make Up Forever Microperfecting Base
Make Up Forever HD Foundation in 110
Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer in Pink Porcelain
Makeup Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder
Nars Orgasm Blush
Nars Albatross Highlighter
Nars Laguna Bronzer

Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer
Urban Decay Honey on the inner lid
Urban Decay Fishnet in outer corner
Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Liner in Bora Bora on the top and lower lash line
Mascara (not sure which one)
Sephora Glam False Eyelashes

Sephora Super Shimmer Lip Gloss in Candy Apple (I think)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ELF Haul 6.15.11

I hope you all have been doing well! This is actually a couple of days late, because I had to be put Photoshop back on to my computer. I really excited for this haul, because I picked up a bunch of stuff from ELF that are brand new to their line of products, as well as one that has been out for a while, but I still hadn't tried it.

First, I bought one or their Studio blushes, which I had never actually tried before. I got the one in Peachy Keen, which a peach color with a slight sheen. I got this one because I wanted to find a shade that would  warm up my skin when I don't feel like using pink. This is a really pretty summery shade.

Next I got two of their new Glitter Glosses. I got the ones in Glam Guava and Crystal Cranberry. Glam Guava was actually sent to me by mistake. I ordered Twinkle Pink, and I sent them an email asking them if something happened. I'm not going to make a big fuss about it, because Glam Guava is a really pretty shade anyway. It's a nice medium peachy pink with gold glitter. The color reminds me of Nymphette by MAC, but Nymphette is a little more peachy and it has shimmer, rather than glitter. Crystal Cranberry is a reddish magenta. These are fairly pigmented, but they don't last very long. You can also feel the glitter on your lips a bit, so if that bugs you, I would skip these. I'm not bothered by it, and I'll probably check out some more shades of these. They also released "Glossy Glosses" right after I had already made my order, (go figure, right?) which are supposed to be like these, but with no glitter. Those might be worth a try.

I bought their Radiance Enhancers in Sunrise and Golden. I've been seeing more and more of their click up highlighting products. Just about every brand has their own version. ELF has three shades. I didn't get the one called Spotlight, because it looked like a pale pink and I already have one like that. Sunrise is a medium beige color. It is a LOT darker than I thought it would be. I thought it would be more pale, so that is a little disappointing, because I don't think it works with my skin tone. Golden is exactly that: a shimmery gold. It's really really pretty. It suits my skin better than Sunrise does. The consistency of these are thicker than my beloved Nars Illuminator. It is nicely pigmented, so a little goes a long way with these.

The thing I think I was most excited about was the new Smudge brush from their Essentials line. ELF has had a "Smudge Sponge" on their site for a long time, but I never got it because I wasn't about to buy something that I normally throw away. I've been back and forth about getting the Sigma version of this, but when I saw that ELF had finally made a $1 dupe for it, I snatched it up. I don't have anything to compare it to, but I do imagine that it's not quite as dense as the Sigma or the MAC versions of this brush. But it's good enough for me, and I'm really liking the results I get from using this. I use it to smudge liner and shadow on the lower lash line.

Let me know if you've tried any of these or if you think you might pick some of these up!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Monthly Favorites: May 2011

There are a lot of products, but since I didn't have a monthly favorites post last month, I guess it's alright. I'm really excited to talk about these things, so lets get right down to it!

  • Nars Orgasm/Laguna Duo - I've had this for almost a year, and have used it almost everyday ever since. I usually alternate between MAC Pinch O' Peach blush and Orgasm. I've been using Orgasm a lot this month, and I use Laguna for an all over bronzed glow.
  • Nars Copacabana Illuminator - I'm in LOVE with this highlighter! It's a gorgeous pale pink shimmer color, and you only need the teensy tiniest bit to highlight your entire face. I use it on my cheekbones, down my nose, on the browbone, on the eyes, on the cupid's bow and on my decollate. It's amazing, and I definitely enocurage you all to try it.
  • MAC Harmony Blush - This is a really great contour color for me. It's about 3-4 shades darker than my skin tone and a nice neutral color. 
  • Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer in Fair - I really liked the Instant Age Rewind Concealer, so I was encouraged to try out more of Maybelline's concealers. It's the perfect consistency for the summer. It's a liquid formula so it's nice and light and perfect for the under eye area, while still being opaque enough to cover any blemishes (which I have had plenty of this month. LAME!).
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden - This is a really really great eyeshadow primer. My eyelids are naturally really oily, so a good primer is a necessity. I do have to set it with a powder, and my eyeshadow last for 12+ hours.
  • MAC Reflects Antique Gold Glitter - This glitter is BEAUTIFUL! I either use this as an all over lid color, or just lightly over told of a shadow to liven up any look. It's just beautiful and I will definitely repurchase it.
  • MAC Eyeshadow Quad - I know I got my 15 pan palette this month, since I depotted all my shadows into it, I was able to pick my favorite fun colors (Burmese Beauty, Twinks, which is another monthly favorite, Skintone 2, and Satin Taupe) and bring it along to Florida. I took this and my Physicians Formula Matte Quad, and I had all the shadows I needed for the entire week.
  • Real Techniques Brushes by Samantha Chapman - I've been really impressed with these brushes!! I brought these with my to Florida and I only needed 2-3 extra ones to be set for the week. I like them all, but I feel like these in particular stand out from the rest. I use the Stippling brush for my foundation (since the weather is getting warmer, I want to get in the habit of using less foundation). The Deluxe Crease Brush is perfect for blending, and the Accent Brush is great for smudging as well as lining the eyes. I want to try more of these brushes sometime soon.
  • ELF Angled Contour Brush - I've had this brush for a long time and have usually just been using it for blending on the brow bone. But I have found that it is perfect for my Maybelline Mineral Powder Concealer. It's nice and fluffy and blends the concealer effortlessly.
  • Aerie Superfruit Vitamin Gloss in Coy - This is a really nice color that just adds a little interest to my lips without being too much. It's a sheer peachy beige color, with multicolored micro-glitter. If you have a chance to find these at an Aerie store, pick up a few. I got mine for $2.50.
  • Johnson's Melt Away Stress Lavender and Chamomile Lotion - Lavender and Chamomile is probably my favorite scent combonation ever. I use the body wash, the body oil, the spray and now the lotion. I bought this because I wanted to bring a small tube of something on my trip, and this is a really lovely moisturizer. I'll probably end up getting the full size soon. 
What have been your favorites this month?

Friday, June 3, 2011

FOTD 6.3.11

I'm super excited to show you my new Inglot products in action! If you'd like to see my review on these, just click here. Also, I did get my hair cut last week. I had the dead ends cut off, and I now have layers. I'm really pleased with how long it still is, considering there were a lot of dead ends. Forgive the roots, I need to get it touched up.

Inglot Under Makeup Base (this is a little thicker than the Monistat Chafing Gel I always use. It does feel  really nice, but it's not something I'll run out and get)
MAC Studio Sculpt in NW15 (I tried the YSM Cream Foundation, but it was way too dark for me, and it didn't cover anything. I'll pass on that)
Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer in Light
MAC MSF in Light
Nars Orgasm Blush
MAC Harmony Blush
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Nars Copacabana Illumiator

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Physicians Formula Matte Quad in Canyon Classics (medium brown in the crease to help with blending)
Inglot 352 on the browbone
Inglot 46 in tear-duct and as a highlight
Inglot 465 all over the lid and on the lower lash line
Inglot 434 in the crease
Inglot 64 towards the lashline and in outer corner
Inglot Matte Eyeliner Gel in 77 on the lash line, tightline and waterline
Maybelline One by One mascara

Urban Decay Lip Junkie gloss in Wallflower

I'll be posting my May monthly favorites sometime soon (either later today or tomorrow) so look out for that!

Inglot haul!!

First of all sorry I've been MIA for a bit. As I mentioned last time, I went to Florida to work at Disney for a week, which was a lot of fun because my sister came along so I'd work and then meet up with her in the afternoons to play in the parks. So sorry for being a bit lazy and not posting, but I haven't been wearing much makeup.

So the other day I placed an order with Inglot! These are the first Inglot products I've ever used and I am so impressed with the stuff I bought. First, I want to point out the fact that shipping took NO time at all! I ordered early Tuesday morning, and it was at my doorstep Thursday afternoon! So, before I even opened the box I was already impressed with Inglot's efficiency. The products were very well packaged (as you can see in the picture to the left).

Inglot has this amazing system called the Freedom System, which allows you to create your own palettes in all shapes and sizes. You can choose from face powders, blushes, eyeshadows, lip colors, brow powders and waxes. 

The one complaint I have about Inglot is that none of their products have names. They are all numerical, and the website does not offer any information on their products. So unless you are actually in an Inglot store (which, given that there are only 5 stores in the US, isn't a likely possibility for me), you need to scour makeup blogs looking for swatches. It took me a couple days to finally decide what I wanted to get. But anyway, I bought 5 eyeshadows, a five pan palette, and a gel eyeliner. I also got samples of their Under Makeup Base and YSM Cream Foundation in shade 43. I haven't tried these yet, but I'll let you know what I think.

Oddly enough, I realized as I was checking out that I bought one of each of their eyeshadow formulas:
  • Matte 352- Pale pink flesh tone color. It's a great dupe for MAC Blanc Type, but Blanc Type is more of a neutral beige. The texture is identical to the Matte 2 formula.
  • Shine 46 - Peachy pink shimmer. The shine textures are meant to be a bit sheer, but the shimmer is very noticeable, so this would work perfectly as a highlight.
  • DS (Double Sparkle) 465 - Medium toned neutral brown with gold glitter. Usually I'm not a fan of glitter in eyeshadows because it usually doesn't transfer well, but this shadow looks just as gorgeous on the eyes as they do in the pan.
  • Pearl 434 - Dark purple-grey color. The texture of this reminds me of Frost eyeshadows by MAC. In fact, 434 looks like a darker version of Satin Taupe.
  • AMC (Advanced Makeup Component) 64 - Very pigmented black with gold glitter. The texture of this is similar to the DS shadow. I was worried it would feel like MAC Beauty Marked, where none of the glitter actually transfers and you just have a glorified matte black. NOT the case with this! I can clearly see the gold glitter in this shadow.
The eyeshadows are all buttery smooth, very easy to work with, all the while retaining excellent pigmentation. I am absolutely AMAZED by Inglot! I'm a convert! As soon as I fill up my MAC 15 palette, I probably wont be purchasing many other shadows from them. The quality of these Inglot shadows are just as good or better, and at a fraction of the cost. What is brilliant about Inglot is the fact that they automatically give discounts on the Freedom System, so the more you buy, the less you pay per product (like Magic Your Way tickets, but that's just the Disney nerd in me talking. LOL!).
  • Face Powders (.46 oz):
    • 1 - $15
    • 2-10 - $13
  • Blushes (.25 oz):
    • 1-3 - $11
    • 4+ - $9
  • Square Eyeshadows (.09 oz):
    • 1-3 - $7/each
    • 4-9 - $5/each
    • 10+ - $4.50/each
  • Circle Eyeshadows/Lip colors/Brow Powders/Concealers (size varies by product):
    • 1-3 - $5/each
    • 4+ - $4.50/each
These all fit snugly in the Freedom System 5 pan palette. This is a perfect travel size palette. They also sell them in 2, 3, 4, 10, 20, and now 40 pan palettes for eyeshadows, as well as 2 more palettes for face powder and blush. The palettes reduce in price by 50%-75% when you add any Freedom system colors in your cart.

Sorry the photo is blurry
Last, but not least, the Matte Collection AMC Eyeliner Gel is easily the best eyeliner I've ever used. It is super pigmented, very soft and glides on so easily. It's a waterproof formula so I didn't need to set it with powder. I also used it on the waterline, and it has not budged. It's amazing!! They have 20 colors available, so you can get this amazing liner in any color you want. They are $12/.19 oz, compared to $15/.1 oz for MAC Fluidline.

Sorry this review was so long! I am just so excited about these products and I will most definitely be purchasing from them again! If you are interested in any of these products, I highly suggest you check them out. They have webstores for the US as well as Australia, and jump at ay chance to visit one of their stores. If you've used any Inglot products, leave a comment letting me know what you think and what your favorites are.
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