Sunday, July 31, 2011

Maybelline EyeStudio Color Explosion "Amethyst Ablazed": Review & Swatches

After hearing rave reviews at Beauty Gala and at A Brilliant Brunette about Maybelline's new palettes, I decided to give one a try.

From Left to Right:
1: The first color is a red-based grape color. A color that is easily dupe-able but still nice. Not much shimmer to note, maybe a few specks of silver.
2: The second color is a light purple, almost pink with gold shimmer. I wanted to love this color BEYOND belief, but it was a little powdery. In fact, they all were. The amount of pigmentation makes them susceptible to getting everywhere. The shimmer didn't really adhere to the color itself, but it does remind me a lot of Tainted, but much darker.
3: Another color I wanted to love but am still on the fence about. A bluer-based purple blue and silver glitter. It took a little effort to get full color intensity, but in the end I still think it's workable.
4: A frosted Lilac. It wasn't so frosty that it'd be a bad highlight. This is a shade I really like.
5: A silver glitter that can be layered over the other colors. Not much to say about this! It's not really my cup of tea.

This palette is a little expensive in drug store terms. It was $10.99 at Ulta but thanks to my trusty coupon I got $3.50 off on it.

Overall: B+, most colors were powdery but generally nicely pigmented!

Despite the drawbacks, I am excited to try this palette out. Expect a look with it soon! :)

Do you want to buy this? Have you thought about buying any of the other palettes? Let me know!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Coastal Scents Camouflage Palette: Review + Swatches

This is a product I have been wanting FOREVER! Since I am planning/doing the makeup for a fashion show (More to come on this later!), I had the perfect excuse to buy it. I am a happy camper! :) Onto the pictures!

Swatches and Review after the break! 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Soft and Smokey

Something simple and pretty today! :)

And a crazy picture just for fun!

Products Used
Lancome Teint Idole Freshwear Foundation - Suede 1 mixed with the next lightest shade!
MAC Fleur Power Blush
Bobbi Brown Color Corrector - Dark Peach

MAC Satin Taupe
Nars Cordura Duo - Darker Brown Shade
MAC Smolder Liner
Ardell Fashion Lashes

MAC Cherish l/s
Nars Orgasm l/g

Satin Taupe has to be my favorite eyeshadow ever! I love how it leans slightly grey on my skintone but changes depending on what I use it with!

Thanks for looking. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

NOTD - OPI Lucerne-Tainly Look Marvelous

Isn't that just the cutest name? Hah, I love OPI names. This is from OPI's Swiss Collection and while it isn't summery at all, I really do love the way that it looks!

I'm absolutely atrocious at applying nail polish, but thankfully this didn't turn on too bad! This is two coats, I love the fact that it has glitter (Even though I'm more of a creme gal) but it's still smooth. 

What's your favorite nail polish color? 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Quick EOTD using Semi-Precious

I would show you my full face but I'm atrociously un-photogenic today, so it's just my eyes you will see! As promised, a look using Rare Find!

NYX Hot Pink Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil
MAC Rare Find
MAC Cross Cultural
MAC Modelete
MAC Brule
MUFE Full Cover Concealer in #10
Blacktrack Fluidline
MAC Haute and Naughty Lash
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Bourbon

Oh what the heck, not the most flattering picture of me but oh well! Here is the entire face, I relented. lol.

Thanks for looking! (:

Friday, July 15, 2011

MUFE Aqua Liner Review & Swatches #7 and #11

Hey all! A new product review today. Mufe Aqua liners are touted as being..

High Precision Waterproof Eyeliner
Aqua Liner is a high precision waterproof liquid eyeliner. Rich in pigments and polymers, its formula guarantees intense color and an outstanding waterproof result. Its ergonomic applicator lets you easily apply an ultra precise line to create an eyeliner makeup look. Aqua liner is available in a wide range of vibrant shades with matte, iridescent and diamond finishes. Easily remove with waterproof makeup remover.

Swatch of #11 - 2 Layers vs. 1 Layer
#11 is a dark purple with a blue base with silver microshimmer. 

In regards to the claim of high precision, the wand has both good and bad aspects. It's made out of foam which is not my favorite type of applicator.. It makes creating a precise curve a little bit challenging due to the fact that it isn't very flexible. Creating a straight line on this was a challenge! 

The formula is a bit runny and, as most blogs have previously stated, you MUST shake the bottle before use otherwise it will be a runny mess. It is not as pigmented as I'd like, see the difference in layering the product ones versus layering it twice? A bit of a let down.

On the bright side, the formula is extremely waterproof and wear proof. I woke up around 8 o'clock a.m yesterday and by the time I went to sleep after the Harry Potter premiere around 2:30 a.m (After MANY tears..) it was still there. Albeit it didn't look perfect, it definitely held on. 
After running my arms under water nothing happened!
While the formula's staying power is a definite plus, I can't get past the runny formula and the unyielding applicator. For this reason, I'm going to return #7. Because I used #11, I don't think it is ethical for me to return it but no matter - the color alone almost makes up for it. 

Tips for using this: Shake the bottle and wait for it to dry - it does have a rather long drying time. Fixing mistakes will not be easy! I will be definitely trying out Urban Decay's new liners - same idea, better wand from what I've seen! 

Overall: B- 

Have you tried these new aqua liners? Did your experience differ from mine? Let me know in the comments! (:

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Here is a quick look using mostly limited edition products. It matched my dress perfectly! Just so you know, I am wearing clothes! Haha.

Products Used (All MAC unless stated)
Lancome Teint Idole Freshwear Foundation in Suede 0n
Feeling Flushed Mineralize Blush
Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder in Medium Dark

Lid:Wide Eyed Wonder
Outer Lid: Urban Decay's Mushroom
Crease: Black Magic, Part Peony
Blacktrack Fluidline
Haute and Naughty Lash

Soar Lipliner
NYX lipstick in Thalia
Docile Lipglass

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mac's Semi-Precious Mini-Haul and Review

A title full of hyphens, that one! But what is this? Could it be..? A blog post? Yes! I'm finally back! I'm not sure if I'm going to be filming videos anymore (..I'm terribly awkward, after all) but I did film a video for this! I'll decided if I'll upload it when I actually view it!

Swatches and more after the break!