Purple, Orange, & Coral Look

25 Aug

I had a decent amount of time to kill today before heading to a friend’s for her Party Lite candle party, so I decided to get somewhat creative with my make-up. And by creative I mean use bright, fun colors rather than the usual neutrals and whatnot I normally wear on a day-to-day basis. I did end up wiping off my lipstick before heading out, and opting for a plain gloss instead, as I felt the dark eyes and bright lip were a bit too much together. Not to mention I’m not really that comfortable wearing bold lipstick most places. After looking at this picture, I noticed the coral/pink shades of eyeshadow were really washed out by the camera. So this look is very Halloween-looking to me, but hey, only 2 more months until it’s appropriate! ;)

What I Used:

EYES:
*Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion in Eden (matte, light-skintone base)
*LORAC e/s in Chic (matte white)
*Urban Decay e/s in Naked (light, nude matte brown)
*MAC e/s in Fab & Flashy (sparkly, yellowish orange)
*MAC e/s in Sushi Flower (mid-tone pinkish coral)
*MAC e/s in Climate Blue (sparkly indigo)
*Make-up Forever e/s in #92 (matte royal purple)
*MAC e/s in Vibrant Grape (matte, mid-tone warm purple)
*e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Black
*Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in 0L (matte black)
*Maybelline One by One Mascara in Blackest Black
*NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe

FACE:
*Olay Fresh Effects Satin Finish Lotion
*Philosophy Keep the Peace Protective Color Corrector/Primer
*MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC25
*Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Medium Beige
*MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder in NC2
*MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder in C4
*Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer in Medium Beige
*Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer in Fair
*NYX Blush in Peach
*MAC Lipstick in Impassioned (bright coral-y pink)

Natural Eye, Face Contouring, and Bold Lip

17 May

After over a year of being out of commission, my digital camera is finally up and running! :) No more webcam make-up pictures, hooray! Ironically enough, after taking a few photos of my make-up today, the flash washed out a lot of the shadowing, so I still took a picture with my webcam because it picked up on the definition of the contouring a little better. Regardless, I’m super excited to have my camera back.

Anyway, today I had the day off while my boyfriend was working all day and my son was at school so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to mess around with my make-up. After all, I haven’t really had time to play for a while now. Lately I’ve been watching tons of YouTube video tutorials, many of which are on the fast-growing trend of contouring your face with make-up. I’ve contoured before (not on a regular basis, and very lightly) but I really wanted to get in there with darker shades for a real result, and since I didn’t have anywhere to be and therefore didn’t have to worry about it turning out completely outrageous, I went for it! The top picture (obviously) was the picture I took with my digital camera. My contouring lines, brows, and even blush appear much darker in real life. The second photo taken with my webcam defines the shadows and highlights I created a little better. Everything I used is below the pictures. I really can’t wait to mess around with this more!


Eyes:
*Urban Decay e/s in Naked (crease)
*MAC e/s in Charcoal Brown (crease/brows/lower lash line)
*MAC e/s in Shroom (highlight/inner corners)
*Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner Pencil in Yeyo (lower water line)
*Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Black (outer upper lash line)
*Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Brownish Black (upper lashes)
*Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black (lower lashes)

Face:
*MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC25 (all over face)
*Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Fair (blemishes/under eyes/bridge of nose)
*MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder in NC20 (over concealer)
*MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder in C4 (over rest of face)
*MAC e/s in Charcoal Brown (temples, cheekbones, jaw line, sides of nose)
*Too Faced Candlelight Powder (under eyes, bridge of nose, chin, forehead)
*NARS Blush in Orgasm (apples of cheeks)

Lips:
*L’Oreal Automatic Lip Liner in Reds
*Bare Minerals Lipstick in Opulence

Sexy, Feminine Leopard & Pink Style

5 May

Bring on the warm weather (in the northern hemisphere, anyway). I was inspired for this look by a similar outfit I saw on Pinterest the other day. I decided to take the idea of a leopard print blouse paired with shorts, and add some accent colors and make it a bit more summer-friendly.

Get the Look:
*H&M Blouse in Leopard Print- £12.99
*MANGO Dyed Denim Shorts in Black- $29.99
*Sole Society Pandora Open Toe Wedges in Cabaret Luggage (Pink)- $49.95
*Michael Kors Belt in Fuschia- $125
*Jamie Wolf 3 Tier Aladdin Link Earrings- Price/Availability Unkown
*Louis Vuitton Embossed Leather Courtney Pochette in Fuschia- Price/Availability Unkown

got2b POWDER’ful Volumizing Styling Powder Review

2 May

I’ve been using the Big Sexy Hair Powder Play volumizing powder for a few years now. When I first discovered it, I was intrigued by it’s unique powder form initially, and later grew to love it due to it’s benefits for my hair type. The bad thing? It’s pricey, for a seemingly small amount of product. When I got the opportunity to try a new brand, especially one that retails for about half as much, I jumped at the chance! I’ve tried a few different styling products from got2b in the past, and they were always pretty decent. Beauty school taught me to try and stay away from “over-the-counter” brands of hair care products, however, sometimes that’s just not realistic financially. Especially the way I tend to go through them! I also noticed that got2b is made by Schwarzkopf, which also manufactures professional brands, so that puts me more at ease.

I have very straight, fine, thin hair. It tends to get greasy and fall limp rather quickly, and doesn’t hold volume for very long. Styling powders are perfect for someone with my hair type. They provide volume and hold without making my hair sticky, crunchy, or extra-greasy, and are lightweight enough that it doesn’t weigh my hair down more. I’ve been growing my hair out for a few years now, so my need for this product isn’t as high as it was when I had a short, layered bob cut, but I still use it pretty often just on my root area for a little extra lift. Not only does this product provide volume, but it can help add texture to layered and short hair styles. I usually will put about a quarter sized amount of powder in my hands and rub them together, then massage through my scalp right at the roots. Then I sprinkle a little bit right onto my roots in the center of my crown area and rub it in while lifting the hair up, because this is where I want the most volume and typically need the most help achieving volume. It’s a super quick and easy hair fix since it doesn’t really require any extra styling!

I still have some of my Powder Play, so I was able to compare it with the got2b POWDER’ful side by side. Honestly, there isn’t much of a difference! They felt the same, melted the same way when rubbed in my hands, and most importantly they gave me the same style results! If anything, the Big Sexy Hair Powder Play may be a bit more concentrated, and therefore heavy, but for someone with my hair type that isn’t necessarily a good thing. When you have thin, fine hair, the lighter the styling product the better! I’m definitely going to continue purchasing this product, and my hair and wallet couldn’t be happier!

To maximize the results of this product I recommend drying your hair with a round brush, lifting at the roots, prior to application (or at the very least, drying your hair with your head upside down) and finishing with a mist of lightweight hair spray for extra hold. If it’s really big hair you’re after, you can apply the product and then tease your hair for huge volume that will hold all day!

Check out my results, and keep in mind my hair naturally is extremely thin and therefore very limp and flat!

Note: I am a member of BzzAgent and was able to try this product for free in return for my honest opinion.

Schick Hydro Silk Razor Review

1 Apr

I found the Schick Hydro Silk razor to have both pros and cons. As someone who typically has bad luck with most razors, I was excited to have the opportunity to try this product free of charge. Let’s face it- razors aren’t cheap (at least the decent ones aren’t) and considering I’ve tried many in the past that fell far short of my expectations, I’m very hesitant on spending money on razors I’ve never used before.

Upon receiving the razor, I was pleased to discover it had multiple blades. I’ve found that anything less than three is just not enough, unless you have next to no hair to remove and want to throw it away after one or two uses. I also was intrigued by the water-activated moisturizing serum. I noticed that it had two moisture strips, one on top and one on the bottom, which already was different from most razors I’ve tried that have had just one on the top. However, they didn’t appear to be very thick, so I was curious as to just how much moisture the razor would really provide. I was pleasantly surprised when I took it into the shower with me. As soon as I wet it down the serum started pouring out. I got an incredibly close shave, no cuts, and all without using shaving cream! Even with other razors that have hydration strips, I still tend to pair them with shaving cream, just to be safe. With that said, there may be a bit too much moisture given, at least within the first couple of uses. My legs were left somewhat slimy, similarly to if I were to have used shaving cream. Even as I was shaving, there was a gooey gel being spread with each pass, which is good in terms of hydration and protection, but a bit overwhelming. I had to go back over a few missed spots that were likely skipped over due to it looking like I had already went over that area with the razor. The serum was so heavy in spots that it covered up the hair. I didn’t particularly notice any additional hydration after the fact. I do like to put lotion on my legs immediately after shaving, so I’m used to the extra help the lotion provides. I will say, though, that I did not have as much razor burn as I usually tend to get.

It came with it’s own holder equipped with a suction cup for easy, convenient placement right in your shower, and I would highly recommend using it to store your razor in between uses. Especially if you’re like me and tend to forget to put the shield back on! The first time I used it, I left it sitting in the shower, face down. The next day I went in, picked it up, and the moisture strip stuck to the tile, and most of it ripped right off the razor. This, unfortunately, created a hard, uneven barrier around the actual blades, and therefore ruined the entire razor cartridge. I’ve done the same thing with other razors, but since this one uses an extremely moisturizing, water-activated serum to hydrate your legs, you want to keep it covered. I did like the handle and grip of the razor. It didn’t seem extremely different or even better than others that I’ve tried, but it was nice. The cartridge and razor size was a little big and not very flexible, so it may be difficult to manipulate in smaller areas, but using it on my legs was easy as pie, and the larger size allowed it to cover more surface area making for a much quicker shave.

In the future I will likely continue using this product. I probably won’t use it daily, but it’ll be nice for quick shaving emergencies as I won’t have to get out the shaving cream! And with summer coming, this will definitely come in handy!

Note: I am a member of BzzAgent and was able to try this product for free in return for my honest opinion.

Garnier Olia Hair Color Review

1 Apr

I should start out by saying that I decided to use this product on someone else. I work in a hair salon and therefore get my hair done for free, professionally, by a stylist who would’ve been none too pleased to learn that I went ahead and dyed my own hair. We’re like walking, little advertisements for the salon, after all! Luckily, my boyfriend (hesitantly) volunteered to be my guinea pig. :)

I’ve used several different brands of boxed hair dyes in the past. You name one, I’ve probably tried it or consistently used it at one point. The two major problems I’ve always had with over the counter hair color is the smell and the fact that it didn’t leave my hair in the best condition. My boyfriend’s hair is naturally a light, ashy brown. I didn’t want to stray too far from his natural color, despite him begging me to go darker, so I decided on the Light Chestnut Brown (Shade 6.35) so I could warm up his color without compromising his natural tone. There were a couple of small differences I immediately noticed. First of all, the developer came in a tube rather than a bottle. In my experience, the developer came pre-measured in the application bottle. This new form of packaging was neat, but not totally necessary. Secondly, the gloves were much thicker and thus more effective than the wimpy, thin, plastic bag-esque gloves that accompany most other brands. Good gloves are a must when dealing with hair color, unless you want stains on your hands!

Finally came time for the application. The formula was a bit runny, at least for a cream hair color, but not so much that it was dripping everywhere. The application bottle was uniquely shaped, and the narrow nozzle provided for easy, on-point application. The smell of the dye was probably the best part of the whole experience. Many brands that claim to be odor and ammonia-free still require you to turn the exhaust fan on in your bathroom while using them, and this one was very mild, with a light floral scent. I left the product on for the recommended time, 20-30 minutes, and had him rinse, shampoo, and condition his hair. He loved the way the provided conditioner made his hair feel, by the way! Once his hair was air-dryed I checked out the results. To be honest, I didn’t notice a real difference in the health, shine, or overall texture of his hair. This is actually a good thing, though, because at least this meant that it wasn’t damaged. And while I’m being honest, the color did not come out as I had envisioned. I didn’t take into consideration the natural undertones of his hair color, which more than likely was the reason his shade ended up being a bit too red rather than the light/medium warm brown shade indicated on the box.

Color aside, I was really pleased with this product. The oil-based formula proved to not be a “hair killer” and had a very pleasant scent, which is are key components for a pleasant, at-home, hair coloring experience. If I ever choose to go back to boxed hair coloring, I will definitely put Garnier Olia on my list of top considerations!

Note: I am a member of BzzAgent and was able to try this product for free in return for my honest opinion.

Playtex Secret Balconette Underwire Bra Review

1 Apr

Bras can be one of women’s biggest enemies. Finding one with the right fit, style, comfort, and support is unique to every woman, and not the easiest of tasks. I have had terrible luck with finding good bras. The ones that I am usually drawn to (due to color, style, etc.) are ones that either offer no support, are poorly manufactured, or both. I was very excited to try something new when my Playtex Secrets Balconette Underwire bra arrived in the mail.

Upon first glance I can honestly say that it definitely wasn’t something I’d pick up first in a store. I typically lean toward the cute, sexy, more attractive options. I did, however, like that it came in a nude color, as it can be worn under almost anything without the worry of it peeking through. I did go a little too big on the size. Like many women, I have never been formally fitted for a bra, so I pretty much always wing it while shopping. I have a few different sizes floating around in my collection, measurement and cup sizes alike, and I pretty much have always just made them work.

I didn’t really care for the cut of the bra. This could be due to it being a size too big, or the fact that I’m used to lower cuts, but it definitely felt like the cups came up too high. The comfort and overall feel, however, was excellent. No poking, pulling, or constricting anywhere, which was nice for a change. I don’t think I would wear this particular style with low-cut blouses, and due to the thicker straps it probably wouldn’t work well with most tank tops. But it is wonderful under regular shirts. I can’t get over how comfortable it is, and the back support is better than any of my previous bras. And support is something I really need not only for my bust, but for my back and shoulders as well.

All of the bras I own have underwires, as I don’t feel comfortable without them. On the downside, this means I’m getting poked quite often, sometimes within a few washes after buying a brand new bra. I do have a feeling that I won’t have that problem with this bra, at least not for a while. The materials used feel much thicker than most, and it seems to be put together really well in general. Fingers crossed! I don’t know if I will purchase another Playtex Secret Balconette Underwire bra, but it definitely is going to make me browse through other bras that Playtex has to offer. Hopefully I’ll be able to find one with the same support but in my personal style.

Note: I am a member of BzzAgent and was able to try this product for free in return for my honest opinion.

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