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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fantasy Maker's Haul: Show Stopper Creams and Magical Glitter Eyeliner


I found a huge display of Wet 'n Wild Fantasy Makers at Walgreens last week, so I decided to try out the cream pallet in "Show Stopper" and the glitter eyeliner in "Magical".  


The cream shadows are beautiful in the pan.  They all are frosty and a majority of them are infused with microglitter, giving you the opportunity to create some beautiful looks for Halloween, or really any time. They remind me of the NYX Glitter Cream pallets that I swatched a while back, but with smaller glitter.


All of these swatches are one pass over with my finger - I find that the sponge applicator actually holds the glitter, so you don't get a good application.  The golds and bronzes are quite pigmented - from the cream to the glitter.  The darker shades (blacks) are fairly pigmented, and would probably require a few more swipes to get a dense covering.  The whites and blues are more glitter and less pigmentation in the cream portion, so if you are looking for a blue cream to create a look with, these would probably need to be applied over the top of something else to add some shimmer.   I think these would be really pretty as liners or maybe used as a base for shadow to be applied over.  I haven't worn these on my lids yet, so I'm not sure how the lasting power is, but they are quite beautiful in the swatches!


The eyeliner, Magical, is a gorgeous turquoise/blue glitter.  I have a few of the colors for last year (a green and a purple), and I use them all the time.  They are tiny glitter as well, so it's not chunky and won't flake off like a lot of glitter liners do.  They also work really well on top of a basic black or brown liner to add some color, as well as alone.  For the price, they are quite a steal!

Have you tried any of these?  I would love to know what you think!





Friday, September 24, 2010

Bare Escentuals Vintage Pearls Collection (Vol 3)


The other day I realized that I never posted the swatches from the third set of QVC's Bare Escentuals Beautiful Pearls Collection - Volume 1 and Volume 2 can be seen by clicking the link, and will post the final installment next week, as I just got that in the mail too!   

This collection was from the summer, and is called Vintage Pearls.  As in the other sets, this came with three brushes, a blush, two eyeshadows, a brightening mineral veil, Flawless mascara, eyeliner and 100% natural lipgloss.  


The three brushes are the flawless fan brush, the flawless blending brush, and the tapered shadow brush. I have a blending brush, and love this to use for contouring.  It's the perfect size and great consistency.  The fan brush is great to add a highlight, and I am loving the tapered shadow brush!  The shadow brush looks similar to a mini-concealer brush, so it works really well to wash a color all over the lid.


Vintage Pearl is the blush - a gorgeous coral color with just a hint of shimmer.  This is not super-sparkly, so if you prefer matte, or want something with just a touch of shimmer, this would be a good color for you.  



Antique Pearl appears to be a pale gold, but when you actually look at it in person/swatched, it has so much more to it.  This has shimmers of pearl, green, and pinks.  When washed across the eye, it becomes this beautiful bright peachy-gold and really brightens your eyes.  I wish the swatch below captured how beautiful this color is!
 


Twilight Pearl is also an eyeshadow, but could easily be worn as an eyeliner if used wet.  The color is a gorgeous royal blue, with hints of purple, gold and turquoise shimmer.  


As in each of the collections, there is a Big and Bright eyeliner pencil - this time it's a beautiful navy blue called Midnight.



The lipgloss is another 100% Natural is called Glazed Donut - this is the perfect natural gloss.  No color, just some beautiful shimmer to enhance your natural lips, or add on top of your favorite lipstick.



Below are the swatches - isn't Twilight beautiful!?!


And, the lipgloss in Glazed Donut...gorgeous!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer "Fair"


I am always on the lookout for a good concealer.  As you'll see below, I need it!  I have been given, through the power of genetics, extremely fair, and therefore dark circles under my eyes.  As a result, a good concealer can be the difference between a comment like, "Wow, are you feeling well today?", or "You look nice - I like your makeup this morning...".  Believe me, I've heard both!

I've been going back and forth for months on purchasing the Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer.  I've read so many reviews raving about it, but ultimately it took me having a Maybelline coupon and a CVS coupon to take the plunge.  I'm not really sure what my hesitation was...probably all the products I have in my foundation drawer that don't work...but I finally did, and boy am I glad I did!


As the name suggests, this concealer is a mousse, and therefore very light and fluffy.  I wouldn't have thought something so light and airy would cover, but this one definitely does.  Below you can see the consistency, as well as it blended into the skin.  This doesn't fall into fine lines, you do not need a lot of product to cover, and it has a hint of yellow pigmentation to help correct the dark circles that I feel like we all ultimately are plagued with at one point or another.


To try and demonstrate the great coverage this product has, below is a picture (be forewarned...it's scary!) of the left side with concealer and the right side without.  You can see that the Maybelline Dream Mousse covers the dark circles, corrects the discoloration and redness, and doesn't fall into the lines under my eyes.  Once applied, I set this with my foundation and it lasted all day long without smearing, moving, running or settling into the lines.  


So, bottom line, would I buy this again?  Absolutely.  I have yet to find a concealer that I could say actually worked, can be used under my mineral foundations without looking caked on,  and lasted all day long.

Have you tried this one?  What is your HG concealer?

Monday, September 20, 2010

NOTD: OPI Amethyst Twist

(With Flash)

Keeping in line with the fall trends, I decided to dive into another deep purple shade from the bottom of my bin o' nailpolish - OPI Amethyst Twist.  This came from the 2009 Holiday Tiny Tinsel Collection, and honestly, I had never tried it until now!

This is a very deep purple jelly with tons of purple and iridescent microglitter.  I loved the consistency of this polish - it wasn't gritty at all, so the polish was left with a beautiful high gloss shine.  Unfortunately, I had a hard time capturing the beauty of this nail polish, but took several different pictures below to try!  

What is your favorite purple polish?


(Natural Light)



(Blurry - can you see the sparkles?)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

EOTD: Wet 'n Wild Dual Ended Eyeliner "Da Bomb!"


In line with yesterday's post, I thought I'd do an EOTD with the other Wet 'n Wild Dual eyeliner - this time in "Da Bomb!", which is the beautiful deep lavender color.  Talk about gorgeous, I am just loving these liners!  Like I said, this is a deeper lavender shade, with hints of periwinkle in the glitter portion of the liner - you can see the close up swatches here on my earlier post.

Click the pictures for a larger image.


To create the look I used:

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
Aromaleigh "Air and Light" - inner corner
Aromaleigh "Ruthless Indulgence" - outer corner/crease
MAC Pigment "Vanilla" - highlight
Wet 'n Wild Dual Ended Eyeliner "Da Bomb!" - liner and glitter (top), liner alone (lower lashline)
Falsies Mascara



Have you found these liners near you?  What color did you get and what are your thoughts?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

EOTD: Wet 'n Wild Dual Ended Eyeliner "Rock On!"


I decided to add some color to my eye look the other day, using the new Wet 'n Wild Dual Ended Eyeliners I purchased, specifically the turquoise "Rock On!".   The pencils are so smooth that they were easy to apply to my upper lashline, and then apply the glitter side over the top.  The other wonderful thing?  The liner stayed in place all day and didn't flake off - what a dream!  

Now, if they would only come out with a brown/gold combo!

 

On the look:

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow "Golden" - inner corner
Bare Escentuals Glimmer "Fun" - outer corner
Bare Escentuals Glimmer "Sex Kitten" - crease
Bare Escentuals Eyeshadow "Opal" - highlight
Wet 'n Wild Dual Ended Eyeliner "Rock On!" - upper and lower lashline
Femme Couture Monster Lash Mascara

Friday, September 10, 2010

EOTD: Femme Couture Lightning Lash Mascara


(Click the images for a larger view)

Yesterday I posted about the new brand I found at Sally Beauty, the Femme Couture line.  Although there were tons of beautiful products available, I instantly went towards the mascaras, and instantly fell in love with the Lightning Lash mascara, which is a glitter mascara.



Below you can see some close-ups of this gorgeous mascara on.  It's not as noticeable when you are looking directly on, but when I turned to the side, I could see the beautiful sparkles light up in the sunshine.  Note that these pieces of glitter are not huge chunks, they are like a micro glitter that adheres to the lashes.  Even better, it didn't flake off at all - it stayed on all day until I washed my makeup off at the end of the evening.  


On my eyes:
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
Sassy Minerals "Dirty Martini" - inner corner
Sassy Minerals "After Party" - outer corner/crease
MAC Pigment "Vanilla" - highlight
Urban Decay Liquid Liner "Shattered"
Femme Couture Monster Lash Mascara
Femme Couture Lightning Lash Glitter Mascara

 

See how gorgeous the sparkles are?!  I think this would be lovely on a night out, but to be honest, if I need a pick-me-up, I'll be wearing this on any day!

Have you tried Femme Couture before?   If you haven't and want to try them out, take a look below.  If you are a Sally Beauty Club Member, you can receive a free Femme Couture Baked Mineral eyeshadow with any $10 purchase - that's an $8.99 value!  I did see these baked shadows in person and they are absolutely stunning, so this would be a great bargain!  I'd love to know if you try them out and what your thoughts are...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Femme Couture Lightning Lash and Monster Lash Mascaras


I recently went into my local Sally Beauty store, I noticed a new display of a brand called Femme Couture and instantly went to the two mascaras below:  Lightning Lash (a sparkle mascara) and Monster Lash (a volumizing mascara).   I'm a sucker for mascaras, so this was an easy buy for me, especially the glitter mascara!



The Femme Couture Monster Lash has an extra large tube and brush.  The brush itself is a spiral bristle, which was something I haven't seen for a while - it seems like any more, every new mascara comes out with an equally new brush design.  To be honest, I can't think of the last time I've used a mascara with a basic spiral bristle...it's been a while!  The color is a rich, deep, black and the consistency is quite smooth, and even a little bit wet.  


Below is the Lightning Lash glitter mascara.  As you can see, this is a plastic comb brush, which captures all of the little glitter.  I will say, that this comb works a lot better than a typical bristle brush for glitter mascara.  I've tried various different types of glitter mascaras (Hard Candy, Bare Escentuals, Fantasy Makers...), and this mascara was the easiest to apply and you can actually see the glitter!  I'll be posting about it specifically tomorrow.  


See all the sparkles?  This mascara has both black and silver sparkles, which hopefully you can see below.


Let's get back to the Monster Lash.  The website states that says that "Femme Couture Monster Lash creates monstrous lashes with a single application".  I was very anxious to give this a try, so below are a few pictures for you to see.

As I mentioned above, the formula seemed a bit *wet* to allow for a lot of volume, so I have to keep that in mind when using.  The brush is extra large and thick, so it does allow the bristles to wrap around each lash easily.  


Unfortunately, because of the consistency, I don't think this product created monster lashes on me.  It may be that my lashes didn't curl with this mascara as they tend to do with other mascaras, so you can't really see any difference in the pictures above (one coat vs. two coats).  More than volumizing, this mascara really did lengthen and define my lashes, so if you are looking for a mascara that does some great definition and focusing on making your lashes look natural, but better, this might be a great option for you.  I'm glad I tried this mascara, but I wouldn't buy it again.  I am sold on my Falsies mascara still, so until something comes across that does a better job, I think I'll stick with it.

As I did say, though, I am really liking the glitter Lightning Lash mascara, so I'll be posting about that one tomorrow - beautiful sparkles for those of you whole love them!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Now Available - Urban Decay Primer Potion in a Squeeze Tube!


For those of you in love with Urban Decay's Primer Potion - they have listened to our requests!  Now it is available in a Professional Size squeeze tube with a needle tip...you can get every last drop out with this bad boy!

For details, go to www.urbandecay.com.

NOTD: e.l.f. Nail Polish "Purple Pleaser"


I don't know about you guys, but I'm ready for fall!  The weather has been unseasonably cool recently - I'm talking perfect pumpkin weather, so I decided to try out a few of the deeper e.l.f. Nail Polishes I ordered about a month ago: Purple Pleaser.

This particular shade is a cream, egg plant shade.  The pictures with the flash really lighten the color more than it actually is, but the natural light photo gives a better look at the color.  This is a warmer toned purple, and is absolutely beautiful for fall.




I keep reading that purples are the next big thing for fall, so I'd say this one fits the bill perfectly!  I used two coats of polish with one coat of Seche Vite top coat.  This covers well, and so far has worn quite well for being $1.

What is your favorite color for fall?

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