Grey Smoke featuring NYC Individualeyes Palette Dark Shadows

Remember that NYC palette I showed you in the video for the Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox?

Here is a look that I wore recently using that palette.

I really liked this look.  A bit of drama, a bit of glam, and alot of smoke!

I did not use the primer in the palette for this look.  I tried that primer a few days ago and it did not work for me at all.  Bummer.  But I have really oily eyelids, so it may work better for others.  The cream highlighter is nice, it blends well and lasts all day, especially with the white shadow layered on top.

For this look I used:

Lauren Brooke Cream Foundation in N3

Lauren Brooke Cream Concealer in Warm Light – under eyes

Lauren Brooke Loose Powder foundation in Natural – lightly applied to set creams

Everyday Minerals Blush in Salon Fun (Discontinued 😦 )

Real Purity Eyeshadow Duo in Vanilla/Mocha – Mocha color – to fill brows

NYC Individualeyes Palette in Dark Shadows for eyes

essence liquid liner in Black  from my swap with lifeofbun – LOVE!

NYC Big Bold Ultra Volume Mascara in Black

Catrice Ultimate Color Lipstick in Frozen Rose  another product I love from lifeofbun

I got about 6 hours of wear before I noticed that the shadows were creasing.  I did  a quick touch-up.  About 3 hours later, I noticed that there was quite a bit of creasing but I was washing my face by that point anyway.

This was a fun palette to try.  The shadows have decent pigmentation and blend nicely.  They are pretty shimmery, but alot of that blends away to leave a nice sheen.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great day!

 

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Prom 2012!

Prom 2012

Getting Ready!

I had the opportunity to do makeup for a sweet young lady for her Prom this year.  She had chosen a beautiful hot pink dress to wear, so we decided to go with a silver and grey smokey eye to compliment it.

Products Used:

For the eyes:

Prom 2012

Finished Look!

Just look at this girl, isn’t she gorgeous??!!  It was so fun to work with her!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

TBU All-Stars – Makeup Edition

There are always so many new and exciting products coming out and sometimes its fun to try something new. But there are also products that are tried and true and these are the things I reach for time and time again. These are my favorites, my “All Stars”.

Lauren Brooke Creme Foundation

Lauren Brooke Creme Foundation & Concealer: This stuff is the best. No really. THE BEST! I use it on myself & my clients. It looks like skin, feels like skin – no heavy, cakey look or feeling on your face. Once set with powder, it lasts all day!

Lauren Brooke Creme Concealer

The coverage can meet all needs: light, medium, or full depending on how its applied. The concealer has more coverage than the foundation. It covers circles and blemishes well. They are organic, all-natural, and have great ingredients that are actually beneficial to the skin. It doesn’t aggravate my sensitive skin. I wear makeup about 5 days a week and my personal jar of foundation will last me about 6 months or so. Hands down, my favorite foundation & concealer ever. I’ve tried others in the past and I like this so much I have no need to try anything else.

TKB Silk Powder

TKB Trading Silk Powder: I use this as a setting powder: the final step to set all the makeup and help it last all day. This stuff works great and is affordable. It’s great for toning down shine without looking heavy or cakey. Love it!

Sula Blush in Forget Me Not:

Sula Powder Blush in Forget Me Not

This is the perfect peach-toned blush that works for any skin tone. It brightens the face and looks beautiful all year round. It’s got great pigmentation and lasts all day. It’s not totally natural, but it is silicone free! (Silicone is another ingredient that I am highly sensitive to.)

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner Trios:

These eyeliners aren’t natural, but they work great – the pigmentation is rich, they last all day, glide on easily, and stay well on the

PF Shimmer Strips Trio for Green Eyes

waterline. They come in 3 packs with colors geared toward specific eye colors, but don’t let that limit your selection. I use several sets and love them all.

Eyeshadows:

Mineral Shadows

The world of eyeshadow is so vast! Whether you like to keep things neutral or experiment with new colors, there are so many options out there.

My personal favorites are mineral shadows. They are natural, the colors are great, and they blend beautifully. I’ve tried colors Lauren Brooke (favs: Toffee, Mystic Ice, and Cappuccino), Bare Escentuals, Everyday Minerals (fav: In the Garden), and All Natural Face (samples are super cheap! favs: Honey Peach, Deep Mauve). I like them all!

Wet N Wild Color Icon Shadows

For those on a budget, I also really like the Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadows. They aren’t natural, but they are highly pigmented, blend well and have a great selection of colors. My favs are the Silent Treatment palette and the single shadows in Nutty and Brule. They can be found at your local drugstore and they are cheap!!

Cover Girl Professional All-In-One Mascara:

Cover Girl Professional All In One Mascara

I know, this isn’t natural either, but a girls gotta save money somewhere! I like to try different mascaras, but this is one that I keep coming back to because it delivers results – length, volume, no smudges, no clumps. And its cheap!

That was a long post! Thanks for making it this far!

Let me know what your favorite makeup products are!

Stay tuned for more “All Stars” in other categories!

Product Review: EcoTools Limited Edition Beautiful Expressions Kabuki Set

When I first heard about these back in October on Nouveau Cheap (LOVE that blog!! Check it out!), I was determined to find them for myself. I am a big fan of Eco Tools brushes! They are affordable, good quality, easy to find, super soft and eco-friendly! What more can you ask for?

What was that?

You want them to be pretty too?

Oh, look!

THEY ARE!!

I loooove the little designs on the handles! These brushes are incredibly soft and easy to work with. Each of these pint-size peanuts are shaped differently for a specific purpose:

Conceal

Conceal – this brush is pointed and very dense. It is great for blending concealer under the eyes, around the nose and other areas that need heavier coverage.

Contour

Contour – this brush has a soft dome shape that is great for applying and blending blush to the cheeks as well as contouring the cheeks, temples and jaw line.

Bronze

Bronze – this angled brush is not as dense as the others, which is exactly what I look for in a bronzing brush! It achieves the sun-kissed-glow look, not the sun-smacked-you-in-the-face look.

Buff

Buff– this little flat top brush is great for applying powder foundation and to set makeup with finishing powder. It gives a fabulously even finish.

All of these brushes are quite small which can be a little awkward at first, but also makes them great for travel. I keep them in my kit in a separate travel soap container.

Ready for travel!

I have washed these babies multiple times and they have not shed one hair!

From the top – Conceal, Contour, Bronze, Buff

These are limited edition so I’m not sure how long they will be available, but I have seen them in my local Walgreens and Kroger affiliate stores just this week, so they’re still out there. They can also be purchased online from Amazon.com.

Conclusion: I love these little bundles of soft, makeup blending, eco-friendly goodness! They retail for $14.99, but I bought these at Target in January when I found them half off! Sweet!! I love a good deal! But even at full price, I think they are a good bargain for great brushes.

What are your favorite brushes??