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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Light Brown Eyes with Mac Shy Girl

Hi everyone! I had such a battle with my camera today. The lighting wasn't good, camera wouldn't pick up the colors, blah blah blah. I find that the camera picks up more dramatic looks really well but doesn't capture the eyeshadow when I do more of a natural look. I wanted to post today's look though because I'm wearing Mac Shy Girl, a lipstick I got from MAC's recycling program Back 2 Mac! I've been loving this lipstick so much!

Nars Abysinnia (brow bone too) & Urban Deacy Sin on lid, Urban Decay Naked in Creae, Urban Decay Buck in outer crease, Nars Galapagos in outer-v
^^Had a lot of trouble getting close up shots of the eyeshadow. it turned out so muddy on camera but was much more defined in person!
This picture is a bit more accurate to how the colors are in real life!



 Products:

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Nude & Sand (mixed)
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
TooFaced Chocolate Soleil
Illamasqua Lover Blush
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette

Eyes:
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow primer
Nars Absyinnia, Galapagos
Urban Decay Sin, Naked, Buck
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in chocolate shimmer ink
Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara

Lips:
Mac Shy Girl Lipstick
Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Sunset Peach

Definitely a more subtle look! I was outside for most of the day and didn't feel like I was wearing tooo much makeup for daytime! :)
Any Mac Shy Girl lovers out there? I will do a post on it (with swatches!) soon!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

August Favorites

Haven't done one of these all summer (lazy i knowww) but here's some stuff I loved a lot during the month of August!




theBalm Mary Lou Manizer: this was in my May favorites when i first got it, but i'm glad to say i am still completely obsesssed with it. seriously gives you the prettiest glow ever. here's my initial post about it HERE.

OPI On Collins Ave. Nail Polish: Wore this color on my toes for basically the entire month (still keeping it on my toes right now too!) and pretty frequently on my fingers. The color just screams hot weather and summer to me! It's a creamy bright red-orange (not too red though).  Its bright and bold and perfect for summer! I am definitely looking forward to more vampy, dark nail polishes for fall, but I'll miss this color!

theBalm Cabana Boy Blush: did a post on it HERE. I got this blush in the beginning of August and it's definitely becoming one of my favorites. Gives such a healthy, beautiful raspberry pink color to the cheeks. I just love it!

Essence London Baby Gel Eyeliner: I got this for less than $2 at ulta and it is seriously giving my favorite bobbi brown gel eyeliners a run for its money! It's a beautiful, dark purpley-taupe-gray eyeliner. It's a bit soft so you have to be careful with application (it's not exactly a creme, it feels fluffier like a mousse consistency), but it stays on allll day (seriously did not budge) and the color is just perfect. I'm more used to the gel consistency of my bobbi brown, but this eyeliner really works amazingly well. I used this in my thebalm and the beautiful look #1 you can see HERE.

Bare Escentuals Glimmer Eyeshadow in Flaunt: this is a seriously gorgeous, shimmery medium brown color with gold, bronze, and rose undertones. It somehow leans a little cool since the gold in it isn't warm or orangey at all. As with many loose eyeshadows, this one is pretty complex to describe. It looks gorgeous on the lid with a darker brown in the crease. I used this color a lot this past month by itself as well for lazy days!

Bare Escentuals Glimmer Eyeshadow in Nude Beach: Another bare escentuals glimmer. I just love their shadows so much and have been rediscovering them lately! I posted one look using this eyeshadow HERE. Nude Beach is a VERY shimmery pale champagne white (leaning pink) color that goes with basically any color I can imagine. It really brightens and opens up your eyes, especially when it's applied to the inner tear duct area. Obviously those who dislike shimmer should avoid this product, but I can see this shade being flattering on any skin tone. It's easy to incorporate into dramatic looks and casual looks (i like it lightly on the lid with neutrals in the crease to tone it down) It's just so beautiful and I'd recommend everyone check it out!

Revlon Coral Reef Super Lustrous Lip Gloss: This one has been a favorite of makeup lovers for a while and for good reason! The color is creamy orange-coral. The quality is just wonderful--it's creamy, not sticky, opaque, and seriously pigmented! I honestly think this is the *perfect* summer lip color! It also layers beautifully over orange and coral lipsticks!

L-R Revlon Coral Reef, BE Flaunt, BE Nude Beach, Essence London Baby, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, theBalm Cabana Boy
Also, on a non makeup related note, August was the month where I became obsessed with Mad Men! All the seasons are on Netflix Instant Play so I was able to feed the addiction pretty frequently. I absolutely loved the show. I can't wait for the next season to start!! Aside from the great story lines, the makeup and clothing is all so glamorous...it makes me want to curl my hair and wear red lipstick every day!


That's it for my August favorites! Let me know what you loved during August (or what you didn't love too) and if you've tried any of these products!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

theBalm and the Beautiful Look #2

I am just loving this palette. Brain surgeon is probably my favorite color from the palette (like many, i am a total sucker for gorgeous purple eyeshadow!), so I couldn't help but include it again. I promise look #3 will use more of the colors!! ;)


"policeman" on inner corner, "southern belle" on lid, "brain surgeon" in outer-v and crease, nars pandora (black) in outer-v and tiny bit of "stock broker" to highlight browbone

this is more accurate of how "southern belle" looks on the lid! it's a medium/darkish blue. 
please excuse the messy hair! just showered! flash washed me out a bit too.
 Products:

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Nude & Sand (mixed)
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
TooFaced Chocolate Soleil
Rock & Republic Bedroom Blush
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette

Eyes:
Mac Bare Study Paint Pot
theBalm "brain surgeon" "police man" "basket case" "southern belle" (all from "thebalm and the beautiful" palette)
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in black ink
Covergirl LashBlast Volume
Lips:
Revlon super lustrous lipstick in Coralberry
Revlon super lustrous lip gloss in Nude Lustre

Hope you like this "face of the day" (FOTD)! Have any ideas for color combinations I should try for look #3?!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TheBalm and the Beautiful Look #1

Here's the first look I came up with playing using theBalm and the beautiful palette (you can see pics and info HERE). I decided to use the deep purple and taupe to make a slightly cool toned smokey look!


"Basket Case" all over lid, "Guy who died..." in crease and lightly over lid, "Brain Surgeon" on outer v, Mac Brule to highlight




Products:

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Nude & Sand (mixed)
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
Mac Refined Golden Bronzer
theBalm Cabana Boy Blush
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette


Eyes:
Mac Painterly Paint Pot
theBalm "brain surgeon" "guy who died but didn't really die" "basket case" (all from "thebalm and the beautiful" palette)Mac Brule
Essence London Baby Gel Liner
Make Up For Ever Smokey Lash (trying to use up this sample. i prefer my covergirl lashblast much more!)

Lips:
thebalm Evil Twin
tiny bit of revlon colorburst lipgloss in orchid


These shadows are really, really pretty. i wish the camera picked up how nicely they appear in person (they show up a lot more). Only thing I have to say after playing with them a bit more is that you have to remember to not over blend or they can turn a bit muddy. I sincerely love these shadows though and will definitely post more looks soon!

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