Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Urban Decay Mini Haul

A long, long time ago....in a galaxy far, far away. Just kidding. I couldn't resist. Anyway back in late January/ early February Urban Decay had a sale on Haute Look. There were several items that caught my eye but being on a budget here are the three that made the final cut.

Ink for Eyes Cream Eye Liner in Zero
Price: $7.00
Size: 2.5g/ 0.09oz
 So bad news first, i am not a fan of this product. It is way to creamy to be a good eye liner. Though the color payoff is ok this product is quite difficult to apply. It seems to me that achieving the clean crisp lines liquid liner can give me is just impossible. After finding that was a bust i tried smudging the liner. That looked fine but it wasn't long before the liner had migrated. Not being a fan of giving up all together i am going to try using this as a base for a smokey eye. I think it will work right off the bat but i'll have to keep my fingers crossed that it doesn't crease like i imagine it will.
 The only real bright side is the packaging. The beautiful dark silver case is perfect for those on the go. The underside of the lid is a mirror. It is oddly shaped but does the trick in a pinch. The product takes up half the container, leaving some storage space for a dual ended brush. The brush has an angled tip for application and a sponge tip for smudging. 
Starlight Glitter Body Art
Price: $12.00
Size: 3.2g/ .11oz (glitter), 5ml/0.17fl oz (adhesive)
I love this kit. My only complaint so far is that the glitter adhesive stinks to high heaven. It has this very odd metallic scent. The scent does go away as the adhesive dries though so if you can get past the smell for a few minutes you'll be fine. For me, the adhesive works so well that i am willing to put up with the smell. I did my swatches 20 hours ago and the glitter still hasn't budged. I have seen around the web that these glitter tattoos can last from a few days up to a week. The directions say the glitter can be washed off with warm water and soap. I'll let you know how easy it is to remove after i see just how long it can actually hold up.
 Though it  only comes with five glitters i am happy with the color selection. The set also comes with a variety of stencils. I have yet to use them myself though i have heard that they work well. This kit is definitely worth getting if you like glitter. Use a little to spice up your make up or go all out for a costume party. It is currently on sale so the $12.00 price tag is a steal

24/7 Shadow Pencil Stash

Price: $12.00
Size: 2.5g/ 0.088oz
These pencils are amazing. The color payoff is so intense. What you see is what you get with the exception of Clash and Delinquent. Clash appears to be a bright blue but when swatched i noticed it actually had silver glitter in it. Delinquent was quite similar in that i thought it was just a deep purple but it turned out to be deep purple with a bright purple/pink glitter. The colors go on incredibly smooth and blend very easily so long as you work quickly. It doesn't take long at all for these to set and once they do they aren't going anywhere.
Delinquent, Rehab, Juju, Sin, Clash
Delinquent, Rehab, Juju, Sin, Clash

Sunday, February 26, 2012

For Sale on Etsy

If you follow my blog you know that recently i figured out how to water marble my nails. Based on my previous experiences i found that this technique is often difficult and incredibly messy. I failed in the past and almost gave up completely. I cant begin to tell you how many people have done the same. I'm all about the good old try try again but for those of you looking to sport this look that have tried one to many times or just don't have the time i decided to start selling water marbled nail sets on Etsy.

So far i have seven sets for sale pictured below. I plan on adding three more as well as an option where you can choose what colors you would like. I've added the links to the respective Etsy listings where you can find more pictures and descriptions of each of the nail sets.


Yesterday's look of the Day

I have to admit while on break i haven't done much in the make up department. Yesterday i decided to break out the glitter but ended up with this look instead. I loved it so much i had to share. I used one of the Maybelline Color Tattoos as a base for my eye shadow. I love those. If you haven't tried them yet i suggest you do. I'll have a review and swatches up of those in the next week or so. As for now enjoy this look.

  • Hard Candy Welcome Matte
  • NYX Make Up Artist Kit (blush and contour)
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce and Tangy
  • Stila Mimosa
  • 1st Edition 120 Eye Shadow Palette (hot pink and dark purple)
  • Physicians Formula Eye Liner (black and purple)
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette (Virgin)
  • The Falsies by Maybelline

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ulta Haul

For those of you who follow my blog you have probably notice that i have missed a few posts. Unfortunately with the way work has been going life has been a bit on the hectic side...and that is putting it lightly. I'm thinking of taking the next two weeks off as far as my blog goes. I'd like to try and post random blogs over the next two weeks but i wont start blogging consistently again until the beginning of March. When i come back i will continue my current series as well as post a video on my whole make up collection as well as some storage ideas. Until then i'll leave you with my long overdue Ulta Haul. Enjoy :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Look of the Day: Flirty Valentine Part 1

MakeupBee has a valentine themed contest that just started yesterday. To determine a winner the members of the MakeupBee community will cast their vote to choose the top ten. From the top ten Velour Lashes will choose the final three winners who will win their own Velour Lashes. You can enter as many times as you like though i'm just going to enter twice. Here is my first look. To vote for my look or to check out the other contest entries here is the link.
Products Used:

  • The Porefessional by Benifit
  • Urban Decay Urban Defense in Halo
  • Hard Candy Welcome Matte
  • NYX Make Up Artist Kit (1 contour, 2 apples of the cheek, 3 temple)
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
  • 1st Edition 120 Eye Shadow Palette 
    • Top Palette: 1-inner half of lid
    • Bottom Palette: 2- outer half of the lid & lower lash line, 3- crease & lower lash line, 4- brow bone highlight
  • NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black
  • LA Splash Liquid Eye Liner in Charcoal
  • Physicians Formula Black Eye Liner
  • The Falsies by Maybelline
  • Ardell 124 Black Lashes
  • NYX Lip liner Pencil 835 Pinky
  • NYX Lipstick in 635 Louisiana

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wore It Wednesday: Streaks of Color

Another one of my favorite ways to bring color to a neutral look is by using a colored eyeliner. My favorite way to do this is is by applying a liquid liner to my upper lash line and winging it out slightly. Another way you can use a colored eye liner to make a neutral look pop is to apply it right beneath the lower lash line. For that i would recommend using a pencil liner. To make it last all day you can smudge it out slightly then set it with an eye shadow in the same color or a translucent powder.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Manicure Monday: Gold Silhouette

So i just couldn't resist pulling out my Konad one more time. I'm still in that new shiny toy phase and after yesterday's mess of a manicure i wanted to not only redeem myself but also my Konad. I have to say in my opinion did just that. I picked an ivy like pattern to go over the copper polish thinking it would come out looking like lace...Not really sure how got to that conclusion. Anyway, thanks to my poor aim though the stamp had picked up the entire design only 2/3 made it on my nail. Surprisingly it still looked good and made me realize that by allowing the design to be slightly off center it gave each nail a unique look. I decided not to use a top coat for this manicure. It is a little hard to tell in the picture but the black dries kind of dull and matte. Normally i would add a little shine so it could stand out but i just love the contrast between the shimmery copper and the matte black.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Shout Out Sunday: Konad Part 2

So after getting to play with my Konad for about a week i have to say i have mixed feelings about it. So far i have used it four times. The first time was just to get a feel for the process and to see what the colors looked like when applied. After that i set out to create a proper nail look. I decided to use a bright yellow base with zebra print and stars in the Princess Pink polish. A few nails came out a little off center, and the top coat i used smudged the design a bit but overall i was happy with the nail look.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Swatchapalooza Saturday: ELF Get the Look Kits

Awhile back i purchased three Get the Look Kits from ELF. The appeal of this brand is the price of the products. Single items range in price from $1-$7. Sounds to good to be true and normally it is but they do have several products that are more than worth the money you'll pay for them. Each Get the Look Kit is $7 and with that you will get three eye shadows, and eyeliner, mascara, an eye shadow brush, two sponge tip applicators and a pair of false lashes with glue. The best part of these kits are by far the eye shadows. I was skeptical at first but blown away when i swatched them. Each kit included the same set of false lashes and eye shadow brush though the eyeliner and mascara colors varied from kit to kit.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Funky Friday: Wolverine

Today's look is all about my favorite X-Man. This powerful mutant's ability to heal paired with his adamantium claws make him a force to be reckoned with. Rather than drawing inspiration from recent movies or comics i decided to go with a look inspired by his old costume.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wore It Wednesday: Hot Pink

This week's Wore It Wednesday, like last week's, is all about color. Only difference is instead of some fun funky eyeshadow this week's look is all about lips. By keeping the look on my eyes simple i can wear a bold lip color without the all over look being over the top. While for this 50's inspired look my first thought on lips is a traditional red, for this look i decided to go with a more modern blue based pink.