Wednesday, July 27, 2011

FOTD 7.27.11/ Updated DIY shadows

I redid some of my shadows from my last post. I moved a few of the MAC shadows that I don't really use and replaced them with some of my own. The one previously called Antique Ocean was so poorly pigmented, it was a pain to work with. So I crushed it up and made 4 new shadows: Cinnamon, Plume Rose, Midnight, and Silver Charcoal. I'm so pleased with the texture and pigmentation of these shadows. My favorites are Chocolate Mousse, Plum Rose, and Dark Chocolate. I used some of these in a look today! Excuse the fact that I didn't take a full  face picture. I had just jumped out of the shower so my hair was a mess.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Physician's Formula Matte Quad in Canyon Classics
Chocolate Mousse on the lid
Cinnamon just below the crease
Inter Gold Sparks in inner corner
Inglot Gel Liner in 77
Dark Chocolate to smudge out liner on lash line
Maybelline One by One Mascara

Monday, July 25, 2011

Coastal Scents Haul/Pressed shadows!!

I've been familiar with Coastal Scents for years, and I cant believe I had never made an order with them before! I'm not really interested in pre-made palettes, but I was interested in their loose mica pigments and glitter. I bought 4 pigments (Inter Gold Sparks, Chocolate Mousse, Illusion Luxury Gold, and Antique Silver), 3 glitters (Ocean Blue, Tinsle, and Fairy Dust), a Black Oxide powder, and some Cosmetic Microspheres filler powder. I was also sent Ruby Mica Powder as a free sample. All of these are in sample sizes, but you are given more than enough to play with. Now, you can certainly put these into jars and use them loose, but I am a very crafty person, and I decided that I wanted to press mine and put them in my MAC palette, so I also bought 8 26mm pans. I also bought 2 samples of their Undercover HD liquid foundation in ST-01, which I've wanted to try for a few years now. They also sent me a mini kabuki brush, but it's a bit scratchy so I don't know if I'll keep it or not.

I'm kind of mad at myself for not taking pictures of the process, but I guess that since it was my first time trying this, it might be best to do that next time. You can see now what my finished palette now looks like! For some of these, I just took the pigment and pressed them as they were, like the Inter Gold Sparks and the Illusion Luxury Gold. But I bought some of these specifically to make a certain color I have been searching for. I have been looking for a color that is similar to Smut, with a texture like Satin Taupe. I'm happy to say that I accomplished just that by mixing Chocolate Mousse with the Antique Silver, darkening the color with the Black Oxide, then creating the silky texture with the Cosmetic Microspheres. It's just what I wanted! Then I made the one called Antique Ocean buy mixing the Antique Silver with the Ocean Blue Glitter. This one is my least favorite, and I might end up crushing it and making something different. I'll know better once I play with it a bit. To press all of these shadows, I mixed 1 part pure Glycerin to 3 parts Isopropyl Alcohol. Coastal Scents sells a pressing medium, but I already had these ingredients at home. 

This is a really fun and affordable way of refreshing your makeup collection. Now that I know how to do it, I probably wont be spending $15 on an eyeshadow. If you think arts and craft projects are fun, or if you're looking for a specific shadow, then you might want to give pressing shadows a try!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

NOTD 7.14.11

I never do NOTD posts because I don't ever think my nails are all that spectacular, but I'm really excited about this one! One of my favorite things lately has been sweeping MAC Reflects Transparent Teal Glitter over top of nail polishes. It brings the polishes to whole new level! For this one I used ELF Party Purple, waited for it to dry, dusted the glitter over my nails, and then went over it with a top coat. It reminds me a bit of MAC Formidable or Orly Galaxy Girl, which is great, because I missed out on both of these when they were released.

What do you think of this nail look? Would you try using a glitter over your nail polish?

Monday, July 11, 2011

FOTD 7.11.11 / June Favorites

It's been so long since I did a FOTD like this! I need to quit dropping the ball when it comes to this blog, but life tends to happen.

I love brown smokey eyes, no matter what season or occasion. This has been pretty much my look for the last few weeks. I haven't changed it up too much, but I did add a little something extra just for fun.

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel
MAC Studio Sculpt in NW15
Maybelline Mineral Power in Fair
Maybelline Highlighter in Light
L'Oreal True Match Power in N1
MAC Harmony Blush (contour)
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Nars Orgasm Blush
Nars Copacabana Illuminator

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans
Inglot 465 all over lid
MAC Satin Taupe in the center and lower lash line
Inglot 26 in inner corner
Inglot 352 on brow bone
Inglot Gel Liner in 77 on lashline and in waterline
MAC Smut to blend out liner
MAC Reflects Transparent Teal patted over lid (don't know how well it's showing up, though)
Maybelline One by One Mascara

Lip balm

Also I just want to catch up on my monthly favorites, even though we are almost halfway through this one. Oppsie. But there aren't many. Also, ignore the fact that MAC Harmony is there, because I used that in last months favorites. Double oppsie.

  • Inglot Palette - These shadows are amazing!!! They are super blendable and pigmented, and the texture is really great. Plus they are cheaper than MAC shadows
  • MAC Smut - This is a really great addition to my MAC Palette. It has replaced Showstopper, which was so dry and hard to work with that I didn't want to use it. They are basically the same color, but Smut has a better texture
  • Inglot Gel Liner - This is my holy grail liner!!! It's so pigmented, glides on beautifully and stays put all day, even on the waterline!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Birthday haul!!

I've been gone for about a week or so. I had my 21st birthday on the 29th! So my family and I went out to dinner and did a little bit of shopping. We went to Potomac Mills in Woodbridge, VA, which is a huuuuge mall, that happened to have a CCO!

I had never been to a CCO before, but I knew that they sell discontinued MAC stuff for a discount so I headed straight back there. I don't have a MAC store near me, or even a MAC counter, so it was really awesome to have some of their stuff that I missed right in front of me. I picked up two eyeshadows. The one on the left is Banshee, which is a rosey brown with silver glitter. It works really nicely as a crease color or on the lid for a subtle look. Then I got Nanogold, which looks like a peachy beige, but actually has a pink shimmer to it. Both are lustre finishes, so they are a bit sheer. They were $10.25.

Then I picked up Reflects Transparent Teal Glitter. Ever since I got my pigment/glitter samples a few months ago, I've been on a glitter kick. This glitter is BEAUTIFUL! It's a bit messy, but I've been using it for all sorts of things lately. I used it on my eyes (MAC says not to use these on the eye area, but I've been very careful with it so far) over eyeshadow, on my cheekbones for a highlight that is a little different from my normal pink or gold, and I even tapped it over my nail polish as it was drying so I have a gorgeous duo-chrome manicure. I got the glitter in the old packaging, and it was $11.50.

Then today I went to Sephora and I picked up Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans. I've been eyeing this product for quite some time. I have been trying to make my NYX Jumbo Pencils to work as a base for my eyeshadows, but I just cant keep it from creasing. I've heard that these stay put all day, and this one is one of their best sellers. It's such a complex shade! The photo just doesn't do it justice. It looks taupe in the jar, and then grey in the swatch, and in person there are flex of olive and gold throughout. I can imagine that no matter what colors I'm using, this shade will make anything pop! I can't wait to do a smokey eye with this.

I'll try to use these in a look sometime soon. I still need to do my favorites (six days in to the new month, naughty!) so that will be coming up as well <3

I've been playing :). These are all over Benefit Skinny Jeans
Left to right: Smut, Blue Brown Pigment, Reflects Antique Gold, and Reflects Transparent Teal

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