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.

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Have a great day!

 

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Review: Hard Candy 1,000 Lashes – Fiberized Lash Weave Mascara

Hard Candy Lash Weave MascaraThis is the first Hard Candy product that I have tried.  Hard Candy is a brand that is only available at Wal-Mart and is known for fun products with unique packaging.

My hubby was on the hunt for yard equipment and decided he wanted to check Wal-Mart.  As we made our way through the mega store in search of said yard equipment, we somehow passed the cosmetics section.  And “someone” may have gotten sidetracked.   And by “someone”, I mean me.  Who would’ve guessed, right??  I’m like a kid in a candy store every time I go through the cosmetics section of any store!

EVERY.  TIME. 

My sweet husband is very patient with me and has learned to just keep going and leave me to my “candy” and keep going with his shopping.  He knows I’ll come back when I’m done.  And if I don’t it usually means I’m still there.  haha!

So once in the cosmetics section, I bee-lined for Hard Candy and happily started to examine the products.  I finally settled on trying this mascara.  I love trying new mascaras!!  I was immediately drawn to the color Mermaid Teal and was also intrigued by the term “Lash Weave”.  What was that going to mean??

Pros:

  • fabulous color
  • fun packaging
  • affordable

Cons:

  • no volume
  • no length
  • does not stick to lashes

Conclusion:Hard Candy Lash Weave Mascara

This mascara comes in what looks like a squeeze tube, but once you take it out of the box, the tube is actually hard, just like your standard mascara tube, just crimped at the end.  I wish I could show you the picture of it that I took, but my computer is being finicky and won’t load it.  :-/

So how does the mysterious “Lash Weave” perform?  Well, I can’t really say. This mascara literally just slipped off my lashes.  I could see the beautiful teal fibers on the brush, but they wouldn’t stay on my lashes.  No matter how many times I swiped, they just slid right off.  I tried waiting a few minutes and re-applying to see if it would build up layers.  No.  I even tried layering this on top of other mascaras, to see if that would help it stick.  But no.  No matter what I tried, It would not stay on my lashes at all.  I have never had a mascara do something like that before.

This product was a total regret purchase for me.  😦

Have you tried anything from Hard Candy?  What was your experience?  Do you have any recommendations?

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Fun & Colorful Eyeshadow Look

Some days a girl just needs some color.

This was one of those days!

This was done with mineral eyeshadows.  I love how easily they blend!  And look at how vibrant the colors are!

I used these eyeshadow samples that I purchased from the All Natural Face:

Then I used the pressed eyeshadow duo in Vanilla/Mocha from Real Purity as a brow bone highlight and to fill in my brows.

I used the Onyx gel eyeliner from Pixi.

And threw on a couple of coats of L’Oreal False Fiber Mascara.

So was my color craving satisfied?

Nope.  Next came my nails.

Stay tuned for that!

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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!

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Product Review: Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara

Rimmel Grow Lash MascaraI like to try new mascaras, especially when I find them on sale.  Even better if I have a coupon too!  So that’s how I came to own Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara.  This is not a natural product, but a friend had told me that she had tried this and liked it, so I thought I would give it a try.

Pros:

  • Dark black color, darkens lashes nicely
  • Nice size wand – not too big, not too small
  • No clumps

Rimmel Grow Lash Mascara

Cons:

  • No volume
  • Not much length
  • Smudges easily
  • Leaves lashes sticky feeling, and sticking together

Conclusion:

To say this is not my favorite mascara is a bit of an understatement.  Rimmel’s promotional photos with the lovely Zooey Deschanel are fabulous and gave me high hopes, but this just did not work well for me at all.  I did not like how it left my lashes feeling sticky.  I found mascara smudges under my eyes throughout the day.  Yuck!  The package claims that your lashes will be 117% longer if you use this for 30 days.  I couldn’t get past 4 days with this, so I didn’t see any difference.  Different mascaras work better for some people, so if you decide to try this one, maybe you will have better results like Zooey and my friend did.  I have tried other mascaras from Rimmel that I liked, like the Rimmel Sexy Curves, but this is not the one for me.  If you are interested in trying the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara, you can find it at your local drugstore or at Amazon.com.

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!

FOTD: Date Night!

Hooray for Date Night!  I love spending time with my hubby, especially when it involves sushi!  Yum!

Lauren Brooke Creme Foundation in N3

Lauren Brooke Creme Concealer in Warm Light applied under eyes

Silk Powder from TKB Trading

Sula Blush in Forget Me Not

Maybelline Color Tatoo in Tough as Taupe, applied to lid and blended out into crease and lower lash line

Wet N Wild eyeliner in Charcoal (only $.69 at Walgreens through the end of April!) – smudged on top lash line and applied to waterline

Jetsetter eyeshadow from the Prestige Indulge Me Palette (see my review here) smudged on top of eyeliner to set and blended out

L’Oreal False Fiber Lash Mascara in Black

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Bunny