Archive | September 2012

Butter London Slapper Nail Polish

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Butter London is a 3 free company; free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP- all are known carcinogens. So its nice to know I’m not smelling carcinogenic crap when I open the bottle. And from what I’ve seen their colors are really vibrant and gorgeous!

This nail polish is a gorgeous teal color. I haven’t seen a shade like this but then again I am not a nail polish fanatic. I have my share but I don’t buy much nail polish. The finish is beautiful. After 1 coat the nail was really blotchy and uneven. After 2 coats on top of a base coat the finish was really nice. After adding the top coat the finish was excellent. I wash my hands a lot because of my job and I try to wear gloves when I wash dishes but I don’t all the time so I think this makes the polish fade and chip faster. The polish lasted about 4 days before it started to chip and peel. The polish lasted a fair amount of time on my fingernails considering how much I wash my hands a day. The polish lasted longer on my toes, a solid week and a half before I noticed chipping.
I don’t notice a strong smell, or any smell actually, when I open the bottle and as I’m painting my nails. This brand is slowly becoming my favorite brand for nail polish. The price, at $14 a pop, is pricy. I like to wait until Ulta has them on sale; buy 2 get 2 free. Or check Butter London directly for deals. I recommend this brand especially if you’re into nail polish and looking for a not so toxic brand.

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Look of the Day- Loaded Money

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I broke out my Urban Decay NYC palette for this Smokey eye look. I haven’t used this palette in a while and I forgot how much I love this palette. All the colors are his lovely, super rich and blend so well. Urban Decay is probably my favorite brand for Eyeshadows. I just wish they made more matte shades.
Anyhow, here is my look. Have a great day!

Face:
Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer
Mac Face and Body foundation
Mac Optimistic Orange Creamblend Blush

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Loaded, Money, Perversion e/s
Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner pencil
Makeup Forever Aqua Cream liner
Maybelline Falsies mascara
Anastasia Brow Duality Shell

Brows:
Mac Show Off Brow Set

Lips:
Nars Giza Lip Gloss

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Makeup Bag Essentials- Gel Eyeliner vs. Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeliner is an imporatnt finishing touch to your eye makeup. Eyeliner creates illusions. Eyeliner can give the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes and eyeliner can change the shape of your eyes. For example, those with smaller set eyes can apply liner to open the eyes and make them look bigger; for bigger eyes one can apply liner to make the eyes look smaller. If your eyes droop a bit at the outter corners, one can create a cat eye to give the illusion that the eyes are lifted. I like to think of eyeliner as a magic wand for the eyes. The possibilities are endless.

There are many types of eyeliner at your disposal. They all create different effects. The eyeliner you want depends on what you’re using it for.

Liquid eyeliner is a liquid texture. They come matte or shimmery. Even some matte liquid liners can show up a bit shiny and wet looking even after it dries. Liquid liners give a more sharp, precise line. Liquid liner gives the perfect flick for a cat eye  and the line is usually thinner, though the width of the line can be Made thicker. I like using black liquid liner to hide the strip of false lashes. Liquid liners are to be used on the upper lash lines only. I made the mistake of trying it on my lowder lash line and not only did it look crazy but it irritated the crap out of my eyes. Liquid liners are more opaque(not sheer) so they give a really dramatic look. I like liqiud liner because the brushes are usually easier to control and are smaller to create the desired line. I actually prefer liquid liner because they are easier to use, especially for beginners, and they are perfect for quick eyeliner application.

My liquid liner Picks: Makeup Forever Aqua Liners(reviewed here), Mac Penultimate liner( the felt tip applicator gives a nice precise line on the lid, doesn’t pull or tug at the lids and a good matte black that doesn’t dry shiny). None of these liners fade or crack off throughout the day and they aren’t runny. Mac Superslick Liquid Eyeliner.

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Gel/Cream Liners are great for creating smokey eye looks and give a more intense look. Depending on the brand and color, these can be opaque but quite a few apply a bit on the sheer side and needs to be built up. The line isnt as precise as liquid liner can be but it comes pretty close. If not a perfect line it can be smudged out to your desire. You need a liner brush to apply these. They give good coverage and can be used on the upper and lower lash lines. These also works good alone as a cream eyeshadow and/or eyeshadow base to enhance the color of your powder shadows. The finish is a lot less shiny and isn’t runny. Even the gel liners with shimmer to them doesn’t always come out super shimmery like in liquid liners.

My gel/cream liner picks: Makeup Forever Aqua Black, Mac Fluidlines, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liners.
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Look of the Day- Electric Natural

Here’s a really quick, neutral look I did using Mac Electric Cool Eyeshadow in Superwatt. I really do love this eyeshadow because its neutral and has lots of pretty, multi-colored sparkles. I should use this more. This is a nice work or school friendly look with neutral eyes and lips.
Do you like to go neutral or all out for your work or school makeup look?
I have to go neutral mostly because I work with kids and its a bit of a distraction. However, every now and then I like to wear bold colors just to shake things up. And it makes me feel better to wear color!

Face:
Bare Minerals foundation

Eyes:
Mac Superwatt Electric Cool e/s
Mac Brown Down e/s
Mac Costa Riche Eye Kohl
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

Lips:
Mac Gold Dusk lipglass

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Shades of Fall- Mac Spice it Up! Lipstick

I wanted to do a series of lip and eye products that looks great for the seasons. However, I do believe that one should wear what they want, when they want. I’m a wear white after Labor Day kinda girl, myself.
Since It’s officially fall, here we go.

When I think of fall I think of earth tones like brown, olive, green, yellow, I also think of wine(color, not the drink LOL) and plums. Wine and berry shades are in this season(every fall actually) in particular, “ox blood” was seen on the runways for fall fashion shows. It’s basically a dark red/wine color. Ox blood just sounds gross to me but whatever.

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This lipstick is Spice it Up! by Mac. It’s described as a brownish berry shade but it looks like a brownish red color on me.  It’s a luster finish so it gives a nice glossy finish. I am not wearing any gloss with this lipstick. Lusters are typically on the sheer side but this shade isn’t lacking color. Luster finishes are pretty creamy in texture and they feel good on the lips. I wore this shade for a good 4 hours before seeing fading. I like that this is not a super dark color and it’s not super sheer. It’s a really nice balance for fall lips.

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Makeup Bag Essentials-Brow Gel

Eye brows are an important piece to your makeup routine. Ever seen someone with beautiful makeup; flawless face, gorgeous smokey eyes and a perfect lip? But when you look at the eye brows it just messes up the look. I’ve fallen vitctim to doing that myself and I’m sure I’m not the only one. But we live and learn. The eye brows  frame your eyes and your face.  Well groomed brows are important and add the finishing touches to your look. Brow gel is used to hold the brows in place after filling them in with a pencil or powder. Brow gel is perfect for those with unruly or stray brows. I know someone with curly brows and no matter how much I brush them into place they just curl back. Brow gel works perfect on her brows to shape them and hold that shape all day.

Your Brow gel shouldn’t make your brows flaky or make them hard and crunchy. A good brow gel has conditioning aspects like aloe vera, beeswax or essential oils to combat any alcohol in the product. After researching, I found that most brow gels on the market have some kind of alcohol content BUT the best brow gels are the ones where alcohol denat is not one of the first or second ingredients, which means that ingredient is the most potent. If water or gylcerin is the first ingredient that’s how I know it’s a good product. Your eye brows are hair so you should treat them just as good as the hair on your head and not use products with alcohol in them because it is drying.

My picks for Brow gels are Mac Brow Set and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel. In Anastasia clear brow gel the top ingedient is Glycerin and no alcohol. They leave the brows smooth and the brows don’t become flaky. Mac Brow gel also gives a nice smooth finish. Their top ingredietns are water and beeswax. There is some  cetyl alcohol later down the chain of ingredients. It’s not that much but it’s there, however I don’t find them drying to my brows.

I especially love tinted brow gel because not only do they hold the brows in place all day but they also fill in the brows and give them a lovely tint of color. There’s no need to dye your brows if using tinted brow gel. If you’re like me and just don’t find it necessary to dye the brows or just want colored brows for a day or two, tinted brow gels are ideal. Tinted brow gel don’t add too much color to the brow like if you were to dye them but in my opinion it’s a nice substitute. Tinted Brow gels give a nice natural looking tint of color to the brows. I like using brow pencils but sometimes my brows come out too dark for my taste, unless I am going for strong, dark brows. There also aren’t a vast variety of tinted brow gel shades on the market but the basics are covered.

My Pick for tinted brow gels are Mac Brow Sets. I love the  colors! I used these more than my brow pencils.  Anastasia Beverly Hills brow tints were a little too light for my taste and they made my brows a bit stiff. Why? Because alcohol denat is the 3rd ingredient in the tinted brow gels.

My tip for tinted Brow Gels: I like to use a brow pencil lightly(I use Mac Spiked) to shape my brows, using light strokes I fill them in just a bit where there are gaps and then I use a lighter tinted brow gel (Mac Boy Girl)to fill them in to lighten my brows up. Using both with give a more defined brow. But Brow gels can definitely be used on their own.
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Do you use brow gel? Tinted or clear? What’s your favorite?

Look of the Day-October Sunrise

It’s been too hot here in Los Angeles for going on 2 months or so with no break. Humid hot! We’re spoiled in LA and not used to dead heat for weeks at a time. I’ve been pretty miserable and haven’t felt like wearing makeup because I sweat it off just sitting still. Then my skin has been acting up because of the heat and sweat…I’ve been a mess! It was 90+ degrees yesterday but I really wanted to do some makeup so I decided to suck it up.
I was inspired by watching the sun rise from my window, since I haven’t been sleeping due to the heat. The sky was filled with yellow and Orange and the sight was just gorgeous. Hope you like the look! I had fun with it despite sweating profusely.

Face:
Laura Mercier oil free primer
Mac studio sculpt foundation
Mac Golden Lariat blush trio

Eyes:
Nars smudge proof eye primer
NYX eyeshadow base-white
Sugarpill eyeshadows:buttercupcake, flamepoint, love+
Mac rule e/s
Mac texture e/s
Liquid Eyeliner from beauty supply
Makeup Forever False lashes

Lips:
Nars Wonder Lip gloss
Mac Liberated lipglass

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