Showing posts from July, 2012

Party on my Lips.

What better lip product to use for a statement, going-out lip than a product called Lip Flash, right?

I got two Milani Lip Flashes in the shades Flashy and In a Flash from Target for $6 each (I think?).

In a Flash (left) and Flash
In a Flash is a violet with violet shimmer, and Flash is a hot pink with pink shimmer. To say that they are simply shimmery would be a vast understatement; these are absolutely  overloaded with shimmer, which can either be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you're looking for. Personally, I probably wouldn't reach for these on a day to day basis, but for the occasional fun lip on a night out, I'd definitely reach for one of these because they are pretty gorgeous.
They go on opaquely with just a few swipes across the lips, and while their lasting power isn't anything to write home about, the good thing is that the pigment and shimmer fade evenly without either settling into lip lines.
Wearing In a Flash
Wearing Flash
I know these two phot…

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes?

Due to my depressingly sparse, pin straight lashes, I'm always up for trying out a new mascara, and when that let's me down, false lashes never fail to make me feel glamorous on a night out. So when Too Faced released a new mascara duo, or "lash extension system," that claimed to be able to give me lashes that were "better than false lashes," I was both curious and eager to give it a try.
The Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System with Flexistretch Nylon Fibers includes two products - the first is an activating mascara and top coat (gold tube), and the second contains the nylon lash fibers (smaller, white tube).

The instructions include 3 steps where you first use the mascara as a base, then the nylon lash fibers on top of that before finishing off with a final coat of mascara.
Activating mascara and top coat (steps 1 & 3)
Nylon lash fibers (step 2)
The nylon lash fibers is the most bizarre thing I've ever seen. It looks like cotton bal…

Travel Makeup.

I'm currently visiting home for two weeks before school starts back up again, and I decided to travel light for once, bringing only a carry-on with me on the plane, and as a result, I also downsized the amount of makeup I would normally take with me. I managed to fit all of my non-liquid makeup products in this little white, patent leather-like Shiseido bag.

For size comparison purposes, below is the makeup bag next to a small Z-palette.

Face products: L to R: Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Ivory (under-eyes) Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in Light/Medium (blemishes/redness) MUFE F&B Foundation in #20 (for nighttime) Maybelline BB Cream in Light/Medium (for daytime) Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Sand

Cheek products: L to R: Rimmel Blush in Santa Rose MAC Blush in Well Dressed Rimmel Bronzer in 25 Sun Glow MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush MAC Lustre Drops in Sun Rush

Eye products: L to R: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy Shu Uemura Eyelash Cur…

Summer Bronzers and Bronzer Brushes.

I'm a believer in bronzer year-around, but I typically reach for more matte bronzers in the colder months and bronzers with shimmer or sheen in the summer. My Dior Matte Bronzer in 002 Honey Matte (I think it's discontinued?) is still my holy grail bronzer, but now that it's finally starting to get warm where I live, I've started using bronzers like NARS Laguna more and Dior Honey Matte less. Cue mascara smudged on eyelid shot!
My go-to bronzer brush up until about a week ago was the Sigma F50 Duo Fibre brush, a dupe of the MAC 187. I know a lot of people don't reach for duo fibres for bronzer, but I find that it gives the perfect, light dusting of powder on top of the skin that can almost never look packed on, simply because the brush hairs are so separated and sparse. I find that when I use it, it takes barely any blending at all and harsh lines are non-existent. However, last week, I picked up the Real Techniques Powder Brush and I'm really starting to like it…

My Favorite Products of the First Half of 2012.

Makeup Foundation: Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation! Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation still comes in at a close second, but the color isn't a great match for me at the moment.
Concealer: Maybelline DreamLumi Concealer (under eyes) + Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer (blemishes/redness)
Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder + Physician's Formula Happy Booster Translucent Powder
Blush: Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush in Warm + NARS Sin + Tarte Exposed
Bronzer: Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine in 002 Honey Matte
Highlight:Dior Amber Diamond
Eyeshadow: Burberry! (Swatched here and here.)
Eyeliner: MAC Superslick Liquid Liner + MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy + Milani Liquif'Eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencils
Eyeshadow primer/base: UDPP 
Eyelash curler: Shu Uemura
Mascara: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara
Lipstick: Dior Addict in Singuliere + MAC Costa Chic + MAC Impassioned
Lipgloss: Clarins Natural Lip Perfector in #2 + Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Belli…

A Match Made in Sheer Peach Heaven.

I purchased the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm when I was home in California a few weeks ago, and the first thing I noticed about it was its striking resemblance in color to my Clarins Lip Perfector in #2. So off I went digging into my makeup bag before realizing that I was an idiot and didn't bring it with me...biggest travel makeup packing mistake ever! As soon as I got home, though, I tried out the combo immediately and honestly, these two products were made for each other.

Revlon Charm (left) and Clarins #2
Wearing Clarins #2 over Revlon Charm.
The two shades are pretty much identical, although the stain left behind by Charm tends to lean a bit darker and more corally...think a much more muted version of MAC Costa Chic lipstick. Both products are quite moisturizing on their own anyways, especially the lip perfector, but together, I find that the lip perfector helps to seal in the moisture (and the color) even longer. Love it!

Face: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Founda…