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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Giveaway: 100 Followers!!-CLOSED-

Hello!!
Giveaway time!! I hit 100 followers a little over a week ago so as a thank you to all my supporters, both new and old, I've decided to hold my first giveaway! I've really enjoyed running this blog and I appreciate all of you SOO much for reading it!!

I had a lot of fun choosing out the items, so I really hope you like them! They are either products I love to use, would like to try, or by brands that I really like! Some are full sized, some are sample sized, but I hope that the winner will enjoy them! I will probably throw in some other stuff that aren't in the picture as well!

How to Enter:
-You must be a follower of my blog (via google friend connect)
-Leave a comment below on this post with your name and email (please comment only once!).
-If you'd like a second entry, you can post on your blog about this giveaway! Just be sure to link your blog post in the comments below so I know about it!
-You must be 18 years or older to enter (or have your parents permission if younger)
-Unfortunately at this time this giveaway is open in the US only. I'm definitely hoping to do some international giveaways in the future. I really apologize to all my wonderful readers located outside of the US!


This giveaway will run until July 1st, 2011. I will notify the winner (chosen by random.org) by email a couple of days after the contest ends. The winner will have 48 hours to accept the prize. If i don't get a response within that time then the prize will go to another winner.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

Thanks again for reading and good luck!!
xoxo

Monday, May 30, 2011

Nars Galapagos Swatches and Thoughts

Hello!! Sorry for the short absence, I haven't had much free time this past week because of end of the year stuff and i'm so happy and excited to say that I graduated from college last Thursday! Yay!!

Back to makeup, here's the beautiful Nars Galapagos that I treated myself to last week. I am absolutely in love...
Nars describes it as:
 "bitter chocolate infused with gold"
These pictures don't do the color justice at all! It's the most beautiful brown! You can sort of see the golden shimmer in the pictures, but it's even prettier in person.

The color is a gorgeous warm brown with gold shimmer. The pigmentation is excellent. It is not as smooth as my nars mekong (which is ridiculously buttery), but it is still incredibly soft, easily blendable, and pigmented. One thing that I was initially worried about with Galapagos was if the gold shimmer would actually show up on the eyes. It definitely does if you apply it correctly: packing it on with a shader brush (like the mac 239) over a good primer yields little fallout and makes the gold shimmer show up. Applying with a fluffy brush will not pack on the shimmer as much. One great thing about the gold shimmer is that it is very fine! You aren't going to see chunks of glitter on the eye, it just gives a nice sparkly effect on the eyes.
So far I've loved wearing this in the crease with lighter browns or shimmery champagnes on the lid. This week I'm going to experiment using galapagos in a REALLY brown smokey eye (and I'll post pictures when I do!) I really have no bad things to say about this shadow, it is so beautiful I think it would flatter any skin or eye color.

And some comparison swatches with my other brown shadows...

As you can see Nars Galapagos doesn't look like any of my other browns. In terms of color it's probably most similar to UD Darkhorse, since they are both deeper warmer browns, but Galapagos is a touch warmer and has the lovely gold shimmer. UD Smog is lighter and more gold, while Handwritten, has some red in it. As for the other Nars shadow, I was initially worried it wouldn't be worth owning both Mekong and Galapagos but they are really quite different. Mekong is much darker and cooler than Galapagos. I also think Mekong would be a little bit overwhelming as a lid color, whereas Galapagos could be pulled off being on the lid! I think they would look gorgeous together!

So overall, if you are a brown/neutral eyeshadow lover, Nars Galapagos should be at the top of your wishlist. I really love Nars eyeshadows, so if brown isn't your thing, don't hesitate to check out the other colors available!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Info & Swatches

I've been wanting to dedicate a post to TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer because i think it's really a beautiful product! I've had it for a little over 2 weeks and I can already say that it is one of my favorite products ever!

Here's some pictures...
Cute packaging!

As you can see it's a beautiful golden-y beige champagne highlighter that you can use to highlight your cheeks, eyeshadow, brow bone, decolletage, etc..

Swatched on the left (one swipe!) and blended out on the right

It is GORGEOUS! The pigmentation is amazing, you only need the tiniest bit to blend onto your cheek bones to give you a beautiful, natural looking, ethereal glow. There is no heavy glitter, it just has a subtle sheen to it and even though it's a powder product, the texture is so soft it's almost cream-like. It's just really important to blend it since it is so pigmented! Also, this stuff stayed on my cheeks all day! I really have nothing bad to say about it at all, I love it.

The packaging is adorable, sturdy, and you get a ton of product...I can't imagine hitting pan on it anytime soon. I can see this working on a variety of skin tones as well, especially warm tones since it does have a gold tinge to it.

I've been using this highlighter daily, it's perfect for those glowy summer cheeks! Ever since buying this, I've been wanting to try more items from TheBalm (hot mama blush is calling my name and I am trying to resist buying it!). Let me know if you've tried this "luminzer" or what you're favorite highlighter is!

100 followers!!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all my followers and visitors, you guys are seriously awesome. It may not be a lot to some people but I"m SO excited to have reached 100 followers! I really appreciate it, it means so much to me that people are actually interested in what I've been writing about! Blogging has been such a great experience so far and I've especially enjoyed reading your comments and getting to know my readers and other bloggers!

As a thank you, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway I'll be holding! Details to come later :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sandy Browns with Ever Hip FOTD

Just a simple brown look to go with Mac Ever Hip! Really loving this lipstick at the moment!


Nars Cairo all over lid, Mac Smut in outer V, Rock & Republic Diffused in crease, Mac Femme Fi to highlight

a non-smiley pic so you can see the lipstick color :)


Products...

Face:

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Bobbi Brown Corrector
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Nars Casino
Benefit Coralista
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Eyes:
Mac Painterly Paint Pot
NYX Yogurt jumbo pencil
Nars Cairo
Mac Smut, Femme Fi
Rock & Republic Diffused
Buxom eyeliner in suede (dark chocolate brown color! rediscovered it in my stash recently!
Covergirl Lashblast

Lips:
Mac Ever Hip

Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Envy humid FOTD

Long time no post, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things! Here's a look from last night! Decided to do a smokey green look to go with my current favorite (and most recently bought!) blush Illamasqua lover!


Mac Humid on lid, Rock and Republic Envy on outer lid, Urban Decay Oil Slick to deepen outer v, Mac Wedge to blend crease, Mac Nylon to highlight

Products...

Face:
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Mineral Foundation
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Bobbi Brown Corrector
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
(As you can see I'm a huge fan of Laura Mercier face products! I love them!)
Nars Laguna
Illamasqua Lover Blush
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Eyes:
Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Mac Humid, Wedge, Nylon
Rock and Republic Envy
Urban Decay Oil Slick
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in black ink
Covergirl Lashblast

Lips:
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Nude
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Sunset Peach (just a tiny bit)

Hope you like this look!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Urban Decay Naked Palette Swatches

I'm guessing the hype has passed since this palette is almost a year old now, but I figured I'd dedicate a swatch post to it since it's such a wonderful palette and I use it SOOO much!! I took these pictures when I first got it so I'm a bit tanner in the swatch photos, but I hope they're helpful.
My palette came with a mini urban decay primer potion and the double ended 24/7 eyeliner. I really like the eyeliner. I don't use the UDPP since it doesn't help with creasing on my lids (i trust my mac paint pots for that job!).



click on the photos to enlarge!

Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar

Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse

Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

I am definitely a neutral eyeshadow kind of gal, so these shadows are right up my alley. They all have a gorgeous buttery texture and blend like a dream, I just LOVE urban decay eyeshadows. If you don't love shimmery shadows this might not be the palette for you since there's really only two matte colors (buck & naked). For me though, this is definitely a palette that I use at least every other day, and I can easily pair any of the shadows with each other or with other shadows in my collection. The only issue I've heard with the palette is that cool toned skin tones will probably have to work harder to make the shadows flattering, as they could pull too warm.
My favorites from the palette are sin, smog, toasted, and hustle :)
Definitely check it out if you haven't already!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Coral Jardin Aires Fotd

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I'm just finishing up my last week of undergrad so I've been really busy! Here's a simple neutral look I did today using Mac Jardin Aires pigment. I need to figure out how to take clearer, better pictures because the camera didn't capture the loveliness of this pigment! I tried taking some eye pictures the last few days and didn't even bother posting them because they didn't come out well. Any advice?!

Mac Jardin Aires on lid, Mac Sable in Crease, Mac Swiss Chocolate in Outer-V, Mac Brule as Highlight

Products:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Mineral Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Bobbi Brown Corrector
Nars Laguna
Rock and Republic Bedroom Blush
Mac Jardin Aires (a tiny bit on cheeks to highlight!)
Anastasia Brow Powder
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Eyes:
Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Mac Jardin Aires, Sable, Swiss Chocolate, Brule, (and a tiny bit of wedge to blend the crease)
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in black ink
Covergirl Lashblast

Lips:
Revlon Kiss Me Coral Lipstick
Mac Enchantress Lipgloss

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April Favorites!

Here's some products I've been loving the past month!

-Real Techniques Blush Brush: This is one of the brushes from Samantha Chapman's brush collection sold at Ulta (she's one half of the Pixiwoo sisters on youtube!). It may be a bit big for some people, but for me this brush applies both sheer and pigmented blushes flawlessly! The shape is just perfect for defining my cheekbones smoothly without creating a terrible stripe of blush. And the best part? It's VERY affordable!

-Rock and Republic Blending Blush: I've been using this brush to blend out colors in the crease and it does the job perfectly. It's a bit too fluffy for precise blending, but it does a wonderful job blending the crease with a bit of Mac Wedge at the tip!

-Mac Hush Cream Colour Base: I've been using this to give a glow on the tops of my cheekbones. It's a very pretty pearl with a touch of peachy/pink.

-Nars Mekong: Ever since I got this eyeshadow I've been using it nearly every other day. It's my favorite for defining the outer v and running along the outer part of the lower lashline. It's such a gorgeously pigmented sparkly brown and it goes with just about any other colors.

-Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Peach: This is a more recent acquisition so it's not included in the swatches I posted. It's a really pretty orangey-peach gloss that I can throw on alone or over any nude or orange-toned lipstick. I really love the colorburst glosses, they are fantastic quality for the price!

-Rock and Republic Eyeshadow in Ambition: Been using this color towards the inner part of my eye with brown or green eyeshadow looks. It has a gorgeous pearly yellowy-gold sheen.

-Bobbi Brown Corrector: I found this at my CCO a few weeks ago and it has become a vital part of my foundation routine. I don't have very dramatic under eye issues, usually only when i'm extremely tired however the corrector still makes a huge difference to me. It just brightens my eyes so I always look very fresh and awake. I set it with Laura Mercier transluscent powder and have not had a problem with creasing. Really wonderful product!

-Illamasqua Blush in Hussy: This was a purchase I made earlier this month when the Sephora VIB 15% sale was happening. It's a gorgeous matte bright pink watermelon. I will have to do a separate post on this blush because it is SO wonderful, I am in love. I have been itching to splurge on more of their blushes because the quality is impeccable!

What are your favorite products at the moment?!

Mac Ever Hip Lipstick with Swatches

Today I went by the mall near me and of COURSE i had to walk by the makeup counters...I was pleasantly surprised that one of the Mac makeup artists told me they had one Mac Ever Hip lipstick left in stock (from the recent "Fashion Flower" collection, see temptalia for more info!). Online it seems like makeup lovers have been freaking out over the repromotion of this lipstick, so I would have been crazy to pass up something so wonderful, right? Nothing else had really caught my eye but this lipstick so I went ahead and got it. This is my second mac lipstick ever and after trying it on I am SO glad i purchased this! It's the perfect color for spring and summer!
On to the pics...
Ever hip is an extremely gorgeous creamy pinky-coral. I think it pulls a little bit more pink on me, which makes it more wearable on my skin tone. It's also a Cremesheen formula. To be perfectly honest, the only other lipstick from Mac I have is "Fanfare" which is also a Cremesheen formula. I can't compare it to the other various Mac formulas, but I really love the texture. It's creamy, glossy, and not completely opaque (though you can build the color up to be!). It's extremely moisturizing on my lips, I just love this lipstick formula!

I attempted to find a dupe within my revlon lipsticks (my favorite drugstore brand for lip products!). Overall, I didn't find anything identical in my collection...

-Mac Fanfare and Revlon Pink in the Afternoon are much more pink. Fanfare is also a bit darker.
-Revlon Smoked Peach, is a matte, and is more orange
-Revlon Rosedew looked the most similar out of all of them when swatched lightly, but it was still much too rosy in comparison.
-Revlon Peach & Revlon Demure are both too orange as well.

No complaints from me for not finding a dupe, I love not having two of the same thing in my makeup collection! ;)

Hope the swatches were helpful! If you are a pinky-coral lipstick lover, then this is definitely one to get your hands on. It would also be a great lipstick to try if you're a girl that doesn't do really bright lipsticks (especially those bright oranges and corals that are very popular this season) but still wants to wear some color. I think it would be beautiful on all types of skin tones!

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