Monday, December 23, 2013

Bare Minerals Degrees of Dazzling Swatches + Look

Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you swatches of an online only Sephora exclusive, the Bare Minerals Degrees of Dazzling eye shadow set. After a little searching, I found that you can also purchase this set directly from the Bare Minerals website, and it is currently on sale there for $49. This set contains 20 eye shadows, ranging from mattes to high shine metallics. Each shade is available to be purchased individually, so if you see only a few shades you like here, you can always get them separately and just bypass the entire set. Lets get to the swatches!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Geek Chic Cosmetics Fellowship Swatches

Today I am bringing you swatches of the newest Geek Chic Cosmetics eye shadow collection: the Fellowship collection! I love Lord of the Rings, so as soon as Geek Chic started teasing pictures of these shadows on their Facebook, I knew I needed the whole collection! Gorgeous shadows that are LOTR inspired, what's not to love? Let's get on to the swatches!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Perfect Palette Tag!

I've been interested in doing this tag for a while after seeing several videos on YouTube, but I'm just now getting around to doing it. Shame on me, I know. I'm just going to talk about the palettes and not provide pictures. Since my internet connection has been incredibly slow lately, I'm having a hard time getting pictures to load up.  Let's get this tag started!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sneak Peek! Darling Girl Cosmetics 'My Three Witches' Collection

Today I am super excited to bring you a sneak peek of an upcoming Darling Girl Cosmetics collection called 'My Three Witches.' This post will include swatches of the ten new gorgeous eyeshadows, plus a quick look that I put together. Onto the swatches!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Chinovi Cosmetics - Swatches and EOTD

I placed my very first order with Chinovi Cosmetics on Black Friday (they were having an awesome sale), and I just received my package yesterday! I've heard so many good things about the brand, but I just now got around to ordering.  The shadows are soooooo gorgeous and pigmented and all-around amazing! If you'd like to see some swatches and my first look with my new pretties, keep reading after the break!

Monday, December 9, 2013

EOTD: Indigo

Sorry for the lack of posts guys. I've been pretty busy with work and stuff. We have some lovely snow and ice all over the roads right now, so I figured since I am going in to work late, that I would get a new blog post up. 

This look features Indigo from Darling Girl Cosmetics. It's a really awesome shadow that looks white in the jar, but transforms into a gorgeous purple when placed over a dark base. Indigo is part of the Rainbow Brite collection, in which all of the shadows transform in a similar manner. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Illamasqua Mystery Selection Unboxing!

Yesterday I used my Sephora VIB $20 reward card to purchase the Illamasqua Mystery Selection Box. I've always wanted to try some Illamasqua products and figured this would be a good way to try a variety of different items at a good price. The shipping was incredibly fast: I ordered at 8 AM yesterday, received a tracking number by noon, and the package arrived today! It pays to live somewhat near a Sephora warehouse, haha. Onto the unboxing!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

EOTD: Marlee

Hi everyone! Today I felt like using some glitter! After the last week of work (grocery store + Thanksgiving shoppers = jerks) I needed some extra sparkle to cheer me up!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

EOTD: Dramatic Smokey Eye

This week, a makeup group I'm in on Facebook is doing a dramatic makeup challenge. It's not a competition, just a fun way to break out from our normal makeup routines and do something crazy and fun. I ended up doing a smokey eye because I was having some technical difficulties with the cut crease I was initially going for. Does anyone else ever have those days, where you end up redoing your makeup like six times because it's not quite right? Anyway, onto the look!

Monday, November 25, 2013

EOTD: Blind Ralphie

I'm in a group on Facebook where a lot of green looks are being done lately, so I thought I would do one, too. The standout shade in this look is Blind Ralphie from Darling Girl Cosmetics. This shade will be my Pick of the Week when the shop reopens after Christmas, which means it will be on sale!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

EOTD: Naked Palette!

I told you there'd be more Naked palette posts! Today's look is done with the original naked palette. I was initially going to add some glitter on the lid, but I decided against it.

Friday, November 22, 2013

EOTD: Naked 2

In anticipation of the arrival of my Naked 3 palette (squee!), I decided to do a look today with the Naked 2 palette. Expect to see more Naked palette looks in the next few posts as I show my somewhat neglected palettes some love!

Urban Decay Anti Aging Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Genius Brow Powder in Medium Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Brow Pencil in Brunette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

1. Prime your lids with UD Primer Potion.
2. Apply the shade Foxy from the crease to the brow.
3. Blend Tease into the crease to act as a transition color.
4. Pat Bootycall onto the inner third of the lid.
5. Mix together YDK and Verve and pat onto the middle third of the lid, blending with Bootycall.
6. Apply Blackout to the outer third of the lid and blend with YDK and Verve. Also blend up slightly into the crease.
7. Line the upper lash line with Perversion in a winged cat eye shape.
8. Curl your lashes and apply two coats of They're Real.
9. Fill in your brows.
10. You're done! :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cold Chemistry: A Pictorial!

This will be my first ever pictorial post! I hope to be able to do more in the future. Today's look is going to be done with three of the four shadows in the Sugarpill Cold Chemistry palette.

Keep reading after the break to see how to create this look!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What I'm Using Now

After seeing Phyrra's blog post with this tag, I decided that I would go ahead and do it too. I tag anyone who's reading this to do it too!

Makeup Brushes
Sigma! I really, really, REALLY love all of my Sigma brushes. They are super soft and are made well and I've noticed my blending improve since I've started using them.

Shampoo and Conditioner
Matrix Biolage Fortetherapie. I don't really have any particular reason to love these other than the smell. They do a good job of cleaning and conditioning, but the smell is my favorite thing about them.

Styling Products
When I actually bother to do my hair I always use Straight Sexy Hair heat protectant. It works really well at keeping my hair from getting too damaged with drying and flat ironing.

Shower Gel
Actually, I'm not using a shower gel right now, I'm using a homemade bar soap from a cute little shop in Cape May. It's raspberry and it smells heavenly.

Body Moisturizer
Dreaming Tree Soapworks Lotion in Nevermore. It keeps my skin so soft and I love spicy smells so it's perfect for me.

Fake Tan
I'm not currently using a fake tanner, nor do I think I ever will. If I want to be tan, I'll just spend some time outside.

I'm actually using my bar soap for this right now. The soap is super moisturizing and it gets ALL the makeup off. It's probably not the right thing to be using but it works.

None. I've never used a toner. I don't see the purpose.

Clarisonic Mia. Paired with whatever soap/cleanser I'm currently using on my face. I'll usually only use it once or twice a week. More than that, and I break out.

I've never used a peel before.

I've never used a mask before either. I've always wanted to try one though.

Lancome Genefique. I got it for free doing a study for the Loreal Consumer Testing Panel. I can't really say that I see any results, but it was free, so I'm going to use it up.

Face Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish. I don't notice my makeup staying on any better or longer, so I don't think I'll bother to repurchase when it's gone. I've never really had luck with any face primer.

Eyeshadow Primer
Urban Decay Anti Aging Primer Potion. I have a sample of it that I'm trying to use up. Once it's gone I'm going back to my favorite Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. I only use powder foundation and this one is the best. Period.

I'm not currently using one because I've given up on finding one that will actually cover my undereye circles and not crease  like crazy.

I don't have a need for one since I use powder foundation.

I've been using Darling Girl Cosmetics blush in Neon Trees a lot lately. It's gorgeous, everyone should have it.

Don't have one because I don't use it. I'm too lazy to add in the extra step of contouring.

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Lightscapade. Its glowy and gorgeous.

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eye Liner in Perversion. All day every day.

I have a Tweezerman one. It gets the job done.

I've been alternating between Benefit They're Real and Covergirl Lash Blast Volume.

None currently. I don't do falsies for everyday wear.

Tarte Lip Surgence in Exposed. Its quick to put on and the color goes with everything.

I'm not a lipgloss girl. Something about my body chemistry....every gloss turns into a goopy mess within minutes.

Nail Polish
I'm not currently wearing any polish. I need to change that.

Let me know if you'd like to see more tag posts. I've been thinking about doing the "perfect palette" one.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Blue and Brown, A Favorite Combo

I really love pairing blue/teal on the lid with brown in the crease. It's a color combo that I find myself using often. Today's blue and brown combo is done with shadows from Darling Girl Cosmetics.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Darling Girl Cosmetics Christmas Look

I posted this look a few days ago on Instagram and thought I would share here all the products I used and steps I took to create it. I am really loving these new Christmas shadows from Darling Girl!

Darling Girl Cosmetics Twas the Night Before Christmas Swatches!

My first blog post! I'm excited to try to get into blogging. I tried briefly before but didn't commit to it. Hopefully this time around will be different. Anyway, today I am excited to bring you swatches of the new Darling Girl Cosmetics 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' collection. This collection includes eight eye shadows and one blush. This post will be focusing on the eye shadows. (I'm new to actually swatching shadows and photographing them, sorry if the quality isn't perfect.)