Saturday, November 30, 2013

Mini black Friday Haul

yesturday I went black friday shopping and this is what I got!
From Charlotte Russe: skull seater for $20 (normally $27)
From forever 21: faux leather tote for $14 (normally $28)
union flag socks $1.80 (not on sale)
From Sephora: sephora brand mascara for $5 (normally $15 I believe)
OCC lip tar mini set $20 (not on sale)
Sephora + pantone mini nail polish set for $9 (normally $18)
(not pictured) from Bon ton: Calven Klein trench coat for $70 (normally $220)
what did you pick up?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Review and swatch: ELF essential liquid eyeliner in black.

Liquid eyeliner is my thing. I have been wearing it essentially daily for almost five years. For the longest time I used the Wet n’ Wild liquid eyeliner in black, but when the price went up for $1 to $3 (and for only .12 oz) and it seemed to dry up pretty fast I decided to switch to elf which was $1 and I am so glad I did.
The container is a cone-esque shape with a long handle/top; it contains .169 oz of product. The brush is attached to the screw off top. The brush is a traditional brush with bristles, but is quite fine and soft feeling. This brush is narrow enough to draw extremely fine line, and can be splayed a bit with pressure to create a thicker line. The brush gets enough product on it to line the entire upper lid; you may just have to dip in once more for a cat eye.

The formula of the eyeliner is good and the color is very black. The liquid dries within a few seconds and is smudge proof. It’s not waterproof, but I have teared up in this many a time and have never had it run or smudge. This stuff also doesn’t dry out in the bottle. The bottle I photographed here is new, but I have a bottle which still works well and while I do not know how long I’ve had it exactly; I know I’ve been using it since last April at the very least. That means one bottle lasts 8 months at least. That’s almost scary long actually.

Overall, this is a fantastic product. It is cheap, last forever, and works fantastically. With this product available to me I don’t feel tempted in the slightest for a more expensive brand. This is great for beginners and pros a like. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Review and swatch: Nyx ultra pearl mania loose pigment in white

MAC Vanilla is a very popular loose pigment; it is also a very expensive product.  I have never used a loose eye shadow or pigment before, so when I saw that Nyx came out with a loose pigment for the low price of $2.99, I needed to check it out.
With Vanilla in mind, I picked up the color “white”. The range is pretty wide, but I thought I would get the most use out of white. The container isn’t the best; it is a small plastic bottle with a screw cap, to sifter. It also came safety sealed with a sticker which left a tacky residue over half of the bottle. It can be a little messy; which is something I suspect of all loose pigments.

The color is definitely white and it has a strong shimmer and no sparkle.  The texture is also very fine; surprisingly so. It is in no way rough or chunky. If the pigment is patted on, it gives a strong white highlight. The color can also be blended out to give a slight wash of color.

Today, I used the pigment as a highlight in my inner eye and as a slight wash of color on my browbone. I also heard that vanilla can be used a cheekbone highlight; I’ll have to try that out.

I bought this at ulta, and for $2.99 it was a good deal. I don’t think I will be buying more because of the mess and storage problem; eye shadow palettes are more convenient.  Each bottle holds .06 oz of product.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Matching Tips and Lips

Do you like having your nails and lips match? i just found two colors that match perfectly!

The Polish is wet n wild megalast in 206 c undercover and the lip stick is wet n wild megalast in 906 d Wine Room.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review: Hard candy Lite bright concealer

I go this concealer sent to be by accident by my mother; I though she knew that when I said “hard candy concealer” I meant glamoflauge.  Either way, I decided to review this.
This is supposed to be a brightening under-eye concealer. It is a matte crème concealer without any shimmer or traditional “highlighting” aspects. I got it in the color “fair” which is way too light for me which is unusual because I normally always get the lightest shade possible in a foundation product because I am so pale. The concealer comes in a pen style clicker applicator. Mine, unfortunately, was broken when I got it, but I fixed in my removing the black cap on the end and pushing in the clear tube that was sticking out. It works now.
Unfortunately, the brush tip applicator doesn’t work perfectly either. The concealer comes out of the side of the brush instead of the tip; this makes a lot of waste because you have to wipe it on the back of your hand first before applying to the under eye.
way too light

see it coming out of the bottom/side?

My under eye circles aren’t that bad, so normally I just apply my foundation over them or my elf essential concealer. When I applied this, it covered pretty well, but was quite patchy in some areas and dried really quickly so the tackiness made it hard to blend.  The paleness also gave me “reverse raccoon eyes”. The only way I could make this work is by applying a layer of my elf concealer over it and then my l’oreal true match powder to fix the color and make it look even. Even after this I didn’t like the look. It seems to me to be “too perfect” and “too light”. Some under eye shadow is natural and nice looking to me; too much concealer is worse than the original discoloration. Another problem I have is that it creases on me; whether alone or with my additions. Since I am young there is only a single “crease” but it still isn’t nice; I can only imagine how this would look on mature skin. The concealer also feels very thick and uncomfortable on my skin; almost like glue. I don’t see ever using this again.
bare under eye

with just foundation

with just lite bright

foundation on left; lite bright with "toppings" on right

This concealer costs about $6 at Walmart and is a total rip off. The colors are weird, the applicator is bad, the texture is horrible and it doesn’t really work. I would definitely not ever buy this. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Review and swatch: NYC bronzer in Sunny

“Sunny” is my standard bronzer, and by bronzer I mean contour. This is a matte bronzer that is just the right color for my skin; many “contour” products are too dark for my pale skin. Many people comment that this is orange, and it does have a hint of orange. This doesn’t bother me because it is just a orange tone, and with my yellow/warm toned skin it fits in well. This may not be the contouring product for pink/cool toned people.
This product is not intensely pigmented which is something I like. I prefer a more subtle contour, so many very pigmented bronzers look to obvious. This way, you can build up to your intensity of choice. The product is also a bit “hard”, as is it take a bit of work with your brush to to get the color up; it’s not “buttery” or “soft”. Again, I do not mind this.  I apply it in the hollows of my cheeks and a bit up to about my eyebrows with an angled blush brush.

This bronzer retails for $2.99 at most drugstores, so it is one of the cheapest bronzers/contour powders on the market.  The packaging is basic with a plastic compact shape with a mirror; the only problem is the two halves are sometimes hard to snap together. I have been using this product every day for a year and have barely made a dent. Overall, I think this is a great everyday product for me and a great first bronzer/contour product for beginners. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Top three make-up palettes for Holidays 2013

As every time the winter holidays come around, there are make-up palettes galore for make-up lovers to choose from. I have seen a lot of talk around about different palettes and sets, and I’ve decided on what are my top three palettes for this year.

#1 Laura Mercier Artists’ Palette for eyes
This palette contains 12 eye shadows, 6 shimmer and 6 matte, that are on a taupe/grey/purple scale. Each eye shadow is .03 oz. and the palette costs $48 at Sephora. For reviews (which I will list) the quality of these eye shadows are fantastic and the color pigmentation is great.  The palette is also a reasonable size to travel/carry and has very classy packaging.
#2 Tarte Gorgeous Getaway Palette (ulta exclusive)
Tarte is known for having great eye shadows and blushes, and though there are two other palette out this year from tarte they are either eye shadows or blushes. This kit from Ulta contains both.  It has 16 eye shadows and four blushes plus three lip glosses. This costs $48 and all the shadows/blushes are full size. Full size blushes are .2 oz and full sized eye shadow appear to be either .09 oz or .1 oz. This palette is quite large in size with bulky packaging, but it comes with a small palette that fits one of the sets that are 4 eye shadows and 1 blush inside so it can be travel friendly. The colors in this set also are from a wide range, neutrals, purples, browns etc.


#3 Urban Decay Naked 3
While not for sale right now, the naked 3 palette comes out sometime this month (November). This palette seems to be love it or hate it already because many people feel it is just a gimmick; that people will buy it not because it is good, but because it is another naked palette and thus “must have”.  I don’t want it because it is a naked palette, I do not own and have never used a naked palette.  I like it because the shades are in a pink/plum/crème zone, which I like quite a lot, but still neutral. Neutral looks have been a pretty recent thing for me, and this palette looks really nice. This palette contains 12 eye shadows that are .05 oz each and costs $52.

Each of these palettes is nice and contains eye shadows, but the tarte palette contains the most eye shadows (16) and also has blush. It also has the most products. Naked 3 is the most expensive palette at $52. Cost per oz the naked is $8.60 per 0.1 oz; the laura mercier is the most expensive at $13.30 per 0.1 oz and tarte is least expensive at $2 per oz plus lip glosses. I would honestly be stuck between tarte and laura mercier because though the tarte has more stuff and is cheapest per oz. I think the laura mericer is more elegant and luxurious looking, also I know I’d love all the colors. I am not too sure about one or two of the tarte colors.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lazy day make-up and hair

I've been trying to do some more natural and "minimal" make-up looks, and this is one of them. I still won't wear this out on a weekday to classes yet, but it has become my standard weekend studying look. For studying I don't care about wear time or if there are a few imperfections. When it comes to my hair, I just want it out of the way. This look takes me about 10 minutes, which is 5-10 minutes less than my normal look.

What I am wearing:
moisturizer/eye creme
foundation (wet n wild coverall)
powder (palladio translucent rice, and l'oreal true match)
bronzer and blush (nyc sunny, and wet n wild pearlescent pink)
eye shadow (nyx, two colors)
lip butter (revlon in cherry pie)

What I am not wearing:
eye shadow primer
eye brow powder
eye liner

My hairstyle is just a basic side braid.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How I curl my hair: Pin Curls

I’ve always loved curly hair, but unfortunately my hair is pin straight and does not deal well with heat. I can get a bit of wave form hot rollers, but not curls, and no matter what I use in my hair or what technique I do, curling irons do nothing. Because of this, I have since moved on to wet sets.

A wet set is a type of curling technique where you take damp hair and curl I using your preferred technique (rag curls, foam rollers, pin curls etc.), wait for them to dry, and then remove your implements to get curly hair. I started with foam rollers, but I found they almost give me too much curl and can be a bit uncomfortable to sleep in. As I wandered a bit into vintage style I found out about pin curls.

Pin curling is a technique popular among the vintage set because it was the most popular technique for curling hair in the 40’s. To pin curl your hair, you take small sections and wrap it around your fingers to make a curl and pin it to your head using bobby pins or pin curl clips. Using special “setting patterns” you can get different styles out of your hair. I just do a basic set; I use standing pin curls on my crown, and curl my hair down, flat, and back on the rest of my hair.
After it dries (you want to make sure tour hair is just barely damp) I remove the lips, brush it out and shape it into the style I want.
in clips

no clips, no brushing

almost done with brushing

final shape and style

 This technique can be a bit hard to understand with words so I am linking you to a blog post here: blog
And to a series of youtube videos by Lisafreemontstreet here: video

If you are interested in vintage setting patterns and styles check out Lisa’s channel!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Nail polish review: Essie pure pearlfection sparkle top coat

This top coat is comprised of very fine opalescent glitter in a clear base. It normally retails for $8.50, but I was able to score this luxeffects polish for about $1.50 at my local big lots. It is still available for purchase online from essie, so it is still in production. This is my first (and only) Essie nail polish. The bottle is cute and the brush is of a medium size. The glitters in this polish are so fine that is gives more of a shimmer to the nail than a glitter effect. It is also easier to remove than glitter polish. I find this to be a cute and easy addition to any nail color as an accent.

Here it is over Sephora by OPI metro Chic.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Foundation Review: Wet n’ Wild Cover all crème foundation (New Favorite!!)

How I go this is kind of a funny story. My mother was sending me some antibiotics through the mail and asked if there was anything I wanted and I said concealer. Either Hard Candy or Wet n’ wild. I got this Wet n wild foundation instead. I decided to give it a try and since I have been annoyed lately with my Revlon I decided to give it a try, and boy, do I love it!
The coverall foundation is a crème formula is a little squeeze tube. This way, you can easily get out the amount of product you want, but unfortunately if you store in tip down, an air bubble forms and your foundation spurts out next time you use it, so store “upside down”.  The tube contains 1 oz. of foundation; the same amount as Revlon colorstay. This retails for between $3.50 and $3.99. Revlon retails for $10-$12.
The main problem I’ve been having with Revlon is the undertone. Revlon is pink and my skin is yellow, so it makes the color seem off. The cover all foundation has a neutral/ yellow undertone; perfect for my skin. I have the color fair which, though the picture is a bit deceiving, the same shade as Revlon 110 Ivory but with a yellow tone. It is the lightest shade and matches perfectly on me.

The coverage is listed as “medium/full” and I agree. One coat goes on much like Revlon (I applied with my standard brush; the real techniques expert face brush) and it dried pretty quickly.  I worked in sections like I do with Revlon, and after one coat I went back into the areas I have pigmentation and applied a second coat. On one specific spot I applied a third coat. These coats built up natural looking and blended in well. I didn’t need to use concealer which was pretty amazing for me; I didn’t uses concealer for my under eyes or blemishes.
bare skin

after application

The finish is what I would call “natural matte”, the tube calls it “satin-matte”. It basically is nearly matte without looking “powdered”.   I didn’t even really need to powder; but I did a little on my forehead, chin, and on my cheeks with my L’Oreal true match power. I also set my under eyes and neck with a translucent powder. This didn’t crease or dissolve on my skin after 8 hours of wear without primer.
final look

This formula has a “paint” like scent that is common to many unscented foundations. It goes away upon application and is preferable to a scent that may have a fragrance that could irritate my skin.
Overall, I think this is a great foundation. I am going to switch to this from Revlon I like it so much! I will have a better match, better coverage, and save some money!

Have you tried the wet n’ wild coverall crème foundation?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Comparison: Relvon colorstay foundation oily/combo and dry/normal

My standard foundation is Revlon’s colorstay liquid for oily and combination skin. The last time I was at Ulta though, I accidentally picked up the formula for dry and normal skin tones. So I thought it would be helpful to compare the two especially for those who are maybe skirting the line between normal and combo.  

The main difference between the two is the consistency of the foundation. The dry skin formulation is a lot runnier than the oily skin one. It then runs out of the bottle quicker and can be a bit messier. It also does not cover as well, and I need more foundation to cover my face and blemishes. The kind for dry skin also sets to a more “dewy” finish. While I don’t find either formulation drying, the kind for dry skin also doesn’t make me oily, which is surprising. I do use powder though, but I was expecting a difference.

Overall, I’d say there isn’t that much of a difference in formulations expect for coverage.  If you want a fuller coverage I’d go for the oily/combo one even if your skin in “normal”.

They both retail from $10-$13 and various drug and beauty stores. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

“Twinkle Tips” nail art and Butter London dupe!

My nails for this week were first painted with black crème polish my Wet n’ wild, then I free hand drew on tips with Pure Ice’s sparkle polish private show.

The black polish was 99 cents, and pure ice can be found at walmart for $1.99.

Private show is also supposed to be a dupe for Butter London’s polish The black Knight, and if you look at pictures it is identical! Swatches can be found here.  Like all glitter polishes it chips easily so touch up are necessary if you want it to last a week. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Review and comparison: Neutrogena oil-free moisture SPF 15 and Combination Skin

Neutrogena is my favorite brand of facial moisturizers. I find it does its job well without being to greasy or thick for my skin (like I find Olay). I usually use the SPF 15 kind, but I decided to try another type: Combination Skin. The Neutrogena moisturizers come in many types like spf 35, sensitive skin, and the ones I mentioned before.

The SPF 15 type is a nice, creamy texture that is easy to blend in, but takes some time to absorb. It is very moisturizing and smells like nothing. When my skin was exceedingly dry, it has stung my face before.

The combination skin type is less opaque in color and creamy than the SPF 15. It also absorbs much quicker and is thinner in consistency. It smells a bit unpleasant; kind of like glue. It does help control my oil better and moisturizes sufficiently; but I’ll see if it works enough when in becomes winter time.
spf 15, combination

Overall, they are both good choices. I think for my skin type, the Combination skin is good and I hope it works enough for the winter time. The only downside is the smell. I wish its scent wasn’t glue-like. You can find these at any drugstore for around the $10 mark and there are often BOGO 50% off sales on this brand.