Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Swatches and Review

Hard Candy has a new line out in Walmart with some promising items. How special are they?

Well, maybe not that special.....

Glamoflauge is a heavy duty concealer promising to cover tattoos. I don't have any of those, but I do have serious dark circles.

I tried Glamoflauge for about a week. It is definitely full coverage! I found it to be too heavy under the eyes though, even when using the tiniest bit. It did cover well, but it also creased even when I set it with powder.

Here are some swatches. Light was a good match for me- MAC NC15. The color selection is limited to three shades, so it would be hard to match many different skin tones.

If you are looking for a heavy duty concealer, this might do the trick. Too bad Hard Candy Glamoflauge was a miss for me.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gray and Peach FOTD




FACE
NARS Sheer Glow Mont Blanc + Aloe Gel
NARS Loose Powder Flesh
Benefit Eye Bright
BB Corrector Light Bisque
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash

EYES
UDPP
Too Faced Naked Eye Palette
-Pillow Talk all over lid and crease
-Like A Virgin in crease
-In The Buff on brow bone
-Unmentionables in outer 2/3rds of lid and crease
-Stiletto in outer V
-Pink Cheeks on inner corners
-Satin Sheets on center of lid
MAC Blacktrack
L'Oreal Lash Out WP black

CHEEKS
Laura Mercier Rose Petal
Benefit Sugarbomb

LIPS
Chanel Ruban Rose
MAC Instant Gold Lustre Glass

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Too Faced Naked Eye Palette Swatches and Review

Not to be confused with the Urban Decay Naked Palette, the Too Faced Naked Eye Palette is a collection of neutral grays, beiges, cream colors.



It is a bit thicker than the Romantic Eye Palette since it has a drawer that holds a double ended applicator.

Aren't they pretty together?



The names are slightly silly, but they all go with the "naked" theme.


In The Buff is a matte cream. Pillow Talk is a light beige with subtle sparkle. Like A Virgin is a deeper matte taupe.

Birthday Suit is a light shimmery beige. Satin Sheets is a shimmery golden peach. Unmentionables is a medium gray shimmer.

Pink cheeks is a light pink with tiny sparkles. Lap Dance is a medium taupe with shimmer. Stiletto is a matte deep black.


The top has a pocket that holds instruction cards for three different looks.

All colors are smooth and have nice color payoff. None are chalky or hard to work with.


I love these colors for a cool complexion- even more than my Urban Decay Naked Palette. This is especially nice for blue eyes. If you like subtle neutrals, and an understated look, this is a must have!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Romantic Purple FOTD

Using the Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette. I have two sets of shots for you today since I am still working on the camera thing. Old camera:





New camera:



FACE
NARS Sheer Glow Mont Blanc + aloe gel
Benefit Eye Bright
BB Corrector Light Bisque
LM Invisible Setting Powder
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash

EYES
UDPP
Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette
-Cut The Cake on lid
-First Dance in outer V
-Kiss the Bride to blend crease
-Soulmates on inner corner
MAC Blacktrack
Revlon Grow Luscious WP Black

CHEEKS
Clinique Cupid

LIPS
MAC Gaga lipstick
Chanel Pink Teaser Glossimer

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette Review and Swatches

Too Faced has a new collection of shadows out called the New Romantic Eye Palette. This palette has shades of purple, taupe, and gold which all have wedding themed names. I love neutrals and palettes, so this was a no-brainer for me :)

Here it is next the Naked Eye Palette (review to come soon) which somehow ended up in my possession as well yesterday.


I was happy to see that Too Faced got rid of the bulky brush drawer and trimmed the size of Romantic Eye down quite a bit. Who really uses the brushes that come in sets anyway?

It closes with the same hidden magnet as the other Too Faced palettes.

Romantic has a nice mix of shimmer and matte shades. None of the shades have glitter either!


Soulmates is a shimmery cream. I Do is a matte lavender gray. Un-Veil is a matte soft black.

Kiss the Bride is a matte pale pink. Cut the Cake is a shimmery light purple. First Dance is a deep matte purple.

Bouquet Toss is a light matte cream. Honeymoon is a shimmery antique gold. Ever After is a shimmery deep bronze.

The wonky pan does bother me a bit, but not enough to exchange it.

In the lid, there is a hidden pocket with three separate instruction cards.

The cards give ideas for different looks with the colors: Day, Classic, and Fashion.


Swatches:


I am very happy with this palette. The colors are beautiful, and the quality is great also. Well worth the $35 price tag!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Grapefruit FOTD

I am using the third Becca Beach Tint in my set, and probably my least favorite. Grapefruit is a pinky peach that barely shows on my pale skin.

Bear with me and my new camera. I still haven't found the ideal settings and lighting yet.





FACE
NARS Sheer Glow Mont Blanc + aloe gel
NARS Loose Powder Flesh
BB Corrector Light Bisque
Benefit Powderflage
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash

EYES
UDPP
UD Misdemeanor on lid
UD Loaded in outer V
UD Perversion to deepen outer V
UD Money on inner lid
UD Sellout on tear duct
MAC Blacktrack
L'Oreal Lash Out WP Black

CHEEKS
Becca Beach Tint Grapefruit

LIPS
Becca Beach Tint Grapefruit

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Watermelon FOTD

Yep, still loving my Becca Beach Tints! I also love pink cheeks and lips with neutral brown eye shadow.



FACE
NARS Sheer Glow Mont Blanc + aloe gel
NARS Loose Powder Flesh
Benefit Eye Bright under concealer
BB Corrector Light Bisque
Benefit Powderflage
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash

EYES
UDPP
UD Suspect all over
UD Twice Baked in outer V
UD Sellout on inner corners
MAC Blacktrack
L'Oreal Lash Out WP in Black

CHEEKS
Becca Beach Tint Watermelon

LIPS
Becca Beach Tint Watermelon
MAC Cherry Blossom lipglass

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Chantecaille Spring.... Holy Crap

The beautiful Chantecaille Turtles Palette will be out for Spring. I haven't decided if I can spend $80 on a single piece of makeup, but it will be my birthday soon- a very large birthday.



Holy crap I love turtles.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Becca Beach Tint Trio Swatches and Review

Along with the Enigma Palette I decided to try Becca's Beach Tint Trio. They are described as crème stains for cheeks and lips that suit all skin types. The set has full sizes of Grapefruit, Watermelon, and Apricot (which is supposed to be a limited edition shade). Here is the set with the Enigma Palette:

The stains come in cute little tubes with a clear strip to show the color inside. They are scented like their namesake fruit. I find the scent is pleasant and not overpowering. It does fade with in a few minutes.


When I first squirted the stain out, a bit of water came out with the stain. I did shake it beforehand, but that didn't seem to work. The stain is thick like a gel and opaque.


Here are heavy swatches on my NC15 skin:


These have proven to wear all day on my cheeks without setting powder, and a couple hours on the lips. I do have to use a balm, and make sure my lips are not dry or flaky at all. On cheeks, they dry completely with out any sticky feeling. These stains are everything I wanted a cream blush to be, and I will not hesitate to try more colors.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Becca Enigma FOTD

My first look with the Becca Enigma Palette- soft and smokey for daytime.



FACE
NARS Sheer Glow Mont Blanc + aloe gel
NARS Loose Powder Flesh
BB Corrector Light Bisque
Benefit Powderflage
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash

EYES
UDPP
Becca Enigma
-light gray all over
-shimmery gray on lid
-deep gray in out V and lower lash line
MAC Blacktrack
Benefit Eye Bright on inner corners
L'Oreal Lash Out WP Black

CHEEKS
Becca Apricot Beach Tint

LIPS
Becca Apricot Beach Tint
Nivea Lip Balm (squeeze tube one)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Becca Enigma Palette Swatches and Review

I have lost my makeup mojo recently, and was wondering when it would come back. Then I saw Becca Enigma.......

A gorgeous trio of warm gray shadows, it was screaming "buy me!".


The Enigma Palette is a nice size and very sleek. I love the silver inside and minimal outer casing.

The colors are Armure- a matte dove gray, Silesia- a matte deep gray, and Surah- a warm gray with subtle shimmer. You also get a nice sized mirror and an eye shadow brush.

These shadows are soft and smooth. They aren't so soft that they are crumbly (like Stila tends to be). I only had to swipe these once or twice to get the intensity of color shown. I was able to create a soft smoky look, which I will post later this week, with almost no fallout.

At $49, the price was a little steep, but Becca was having a 20% off code, and that made it more reasonable. This was my first purchase from Becca, but I will be looking forward to trying more from this brand.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Decorating

This is our first real tree, and I am very pleased with it. Even better, we get to toss it when we are done. Our family has been through a few artificial trees, and we were tired of wasting our money on something that looked terrible, and had to be thrown away every few years.


I did the lights, and my husband decorated it. I think I will let him do it every year, because I love how it turned out!


He mostly put out our hand painted and most vintage looking ornaments. My Grandma and Great Aunt painted a special ornament for my sister and me every year, so we have a lot of beautiful pieces. He put candy canes and snowflakes to finish it. This tree is a bit smaller, so we left some ornaments off and also let our kids have a small tree in their bedroom with colored lights and their favorite ornaments.

Here is a post from last year showing some of my favorite ornaments.



This is one of my favorite music boxes. It was painted my my Grandma and rescued from the give away box a few years back. All it needed was a bit of Elmer's Glue.

Venom says Ho Ho Ho!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Benefit Powderflage Swatches and Review

Being blessed with chronic dark circles, I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest for under eyes. Benefit Powderflage is billed as being: A light-diffusing powder concealer for under eyes and face.

Sounds promising, right?

Powderflage ($28) comes in a large container with concealer, the "flager", and instructions.


Benefit always has cute, but somewhat impractical packaging. The round ball of powder is hard to grasp and open because of the shape. Cute though!


Inside is a finely milled pink toned powder. It has a very subtle sheen, but no glitter or shimmer.


It is very light, so I think this would be best for fair skin tones. It might look ashy on anyone with a tanned or deep complexion.


I purchased this intending to use it as a setting powder for my concealer, and for that it works quite well. I can't imagine this as a concealer on its own- it is far too translucent. As a setting powder, it adds a bit of coverage to my concealer and looks more natural than when I set with my face powder. As for the packaging and brush, you can just chuck them in the trash. I use my MAC 217 Blending Brush to lightly press it in without wiping off my concealer.

Overall I am happy with my purchase, although that won't stop me from trying the next new thing for under eye circles :)