10/22/14

5 For Fall: Blushes

I wanted to share with you 5 blushes that I will be rocking this fall. 4 are drugstore options and 1 is higher end. They are all great shades for fall and are all individual blushes. Nothing in palettes! They are also all available, no limited editions here! So if you see something that strikes your fancy, you can get your hands on it!



E.L.F. Pressed Mineral Blush in Wanderlust ($5)- This is the only one of the pressed mineral blushes I own from Elf but it's amazing. It's soft and easily blend-able and quite pigmented. It's also completely matte, which I quite like in the fall! A little goes a long way with this one! It's a nice, neutral plummy rose-y blush shade that would look great on all skin tones!

E.L.F. Pressed Mineral Blush in Wanderlust


E.L.F. Studio Blush in Blushing Rose ($3)- Another E.L.F. Selection! What can I say? I love how high quality the Elf blushes are for the price. Blushing rose is a deeper rose shade with a hint of shimmer that is subtle but beautiful. This gives you that perfect, "just stepped in from the cold" flush to your cheeks. It can be swept on lightly for a subtle color or really packed on for a touch of glamour.

E.L.F. Studio Blush in Blushing Rose


Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Heather Silk- ($2.99) These Color Icon blushes from Wet n Wild are superb. They are so soft and blend-able. Totally high quality at a drugstore price. What's not to love? Heather silk is a brighter option for fall if you want something that's rosy toned, but not too dark. This one has quite a bit of pink to it, and would be fabulous of darker skin tones. This blush is PIGMENTED! A light hand will do!  I do a very subtle wash of this on my light skin and it's very pretty, This one is totally versatile and completely matte, so if you're in the market for a matte rosy toned blush with a bit of brightness to it, this one's for you!

Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Heather Silk


Nyx Mosaic Powder Blush in Peachy ($6.99)- When I am looking for a peach toned blush to go with a smokier eye, this is the one I am going to be grabbing for. I really like the nyx blushes, and it's a brand that I would like to discover more of in the future. This particular blush is great because it's got panels of different shades of peach and nude that can be swirled together to get a perfect neutral blush for that peaches and cream look. This has just a touch of shimmer in it so it's very versatile, and so neutral that it goes with everything! It's soft and easy to blend and pretty affordable!

Nyx Mosaic Powder Blush in Peachy


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush in exposed ($26) - This is one of my all time favorite blushes. It's just so beautiful. When tarte says 12 hours, they mean it, this one stays put! It's a beautiful nude blush with just s hint of mauve that makes this a very wearable shade I like to wear this one on the back of my cheeks with a brighter blush on the apples and I think it gives such a classy look. The price tag on this one is steep, but it's worth it in my opinion. This blush just screams fall!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed

So that's it. 5 blushes I am totally going to rock this fall! What blushes are you planning on wearing this fall? Leave me a comment and let me know! Thanks for stopping by!

10/12/14

E.L.F. Brightening Eye Color Quads: Review and Swatches

Some products that I have had in my makeup collection for a really long time, but have never really talked to you guys about in too much detail before are the brightening eye color quads from eyes lips face. I thought I would go through each of them individually with you, tell you what I like about them and whether I would recommend them, as well as show you swatches. So hopefully you find this helpful!

So each of these quads comes with 4 triangle shaped eye shadows. The packaging is pretty basic. Just a plastic palette with a clear lid. One of the things I dislike about these quads is that the pans are quite small and shaped in such a way that it is difficult to get a brush in the pan, especially a big fluffy crease brush. Each quad comes with a tiny little mirror inside, which is pretty much useless, as well an eye shadow applicator that is a bit flimsy and again, is pretty much useless. These eye shadow palettes are available for purchase from eyeslipsface.com for just one dollar. Not all of these shades are still available, however. It seems they might be phasing these out, so if you are interested in trying them I would snatch them up asap!



Blue Moon



This quad contains a nice selection of colors that look great in the pan and overall perform decent on the skin. There's an extremely chalky and patchy beige shade that blends away to nothing, so it's pretty pointless.But the rest of the shades are okay.  There's a mid toned, cooler toned brown which is actually quite nice. And there's a navy blue which is very soft and decently pigmented. Overall I would recommend this one as it's one of the nicer quads in this collection.

Brownstone


Brownstone is a quad with cooler toned neutral shades. A good basic palette for someone just starting out with makeup. It contains a cream colored shade with silver shimmer, a light brown, a mid-toned brown and a deeper grey toned brown shade. The quality on these ;particular shades is pretty decent. The shadows have decent pigmentation and with the exception of the cream colored shade there's not a lot of fall out. The deep grey toned brown in particular is very nice and blend-able and the color is gorgeous. This one I would recommend.


Day to Night



This quad is one of the better ones in my opinion. I feel like the shades are all pretty cohesive and you can create a nice look with this one. There's a neutral cream shade that is actually quite nice quality. A plum shade with nice pigmentation. a slate grey that I wish was more pigmented but it's quite pretty over a creamy base. And the star of this quad is a bronze-y shade which is incredibly creamy, easy to blend and has a gorgeous metallic look to it. I would recommend this one!

Drama



Drama is a quad that would, conceivably make for a good smokey eye. It contains a matte white shade, a shimmery slate grey, a matte black and a shimmery silver. While these are great basic colors to have for a classic smokey eye, the pigmentation on the matte shades is lacking. They are a bit chalky and hard to blend. And the shimmery shades have quite a bit of fall out. These are also not quite as pigmented as I would like. This is a decent quality quad but overall not as nice as I would have hoped.

Ivy



This is a very disappointing quad. I feel like I threw my dollar away on this one. The four shade look quite nice in the pan. There's a pale pistachio green. A deeper forest green, a beige and a light brown, but none of these shadows show up on my skin whatsoever. There is zero pigmentation. I have tried rubbing my brush through or scraping off the top layer of product and it's no use. There is no color to this one at all. It's very disappointing.

Luxe


Luxe is one of the better palettes in this collection of eye shadows. The colors in it are unique and perfect for fall and are of decent quality. There's a cream colored neutral shade that is ok, but nothing to write home about. There's a gorgeous sort of metallic looking pink-y red shade that totally makes this quad worthwhile in my opinion. It's a gorgeous shadow with quite nice pigmentation and is quite soft, but not terribly crumbly or anything. There's also a sort of taupe-y grey shade that is quite nice quality as well, and a bronze-y shade that is very pretty, soft and blend-able. I would recommend this quad to anyone. It's one of the better of the bunch!

Nouveau Neutrals


This is another neutral shadow palette, but this one pales in comparison to brownstone. The shades in this one are lighter and less pigmented in general. The shades in this one are a very pale almost minty green shade that just shows up white, and is incredibly patchy with lots of fall out. There is also an olive green which hardly shows up on the eye at all, a cream shade that has no pigmentation whatsoever and is very hard and a sort of light copper shade that, again, has zero pigment. I would not recommend this palette for anyone, not even the youngest of makeup enthusiasts.




Ocean Dreams


Ocean Dreams is a palette with 4 blue toned shades. There is a light sky blue shadow with shimmer, that is very patchy when applied to the eye. There is a brighter based mid-toned blue that is a bit dry but overall quite nice. There is a deep navy blue that is quite pigmented and nice and there is a sort of cornflower blue shade that isn't quite as pigmented, but still decent. If you are looking for blue eye shadows, but blues aren't something you wear often so you don't really want to invest big money into them, this quad might be an option for you. It's not the best quality in the world, but these shades, with the exception of the lightest in the palette, can all be worked with.

Pretty in Pink


As the name suggests this palette has pink toned shadows. There is your basic white, which is decently pigmented, but a little chalky and patchy. There's a mid-toned warmer pink that is nice and soft and decently pigmented. The star of this quad is the mauve-y toned pink that is the darkest shade in this quad. It's pretty pigmented and easily blend-able and a very unique color that I think makes it worth the dollar price tag for this shade alone. And lastly there's a mid-toned cooler pink that is just so so. Overall, I recommend this one for that mauve shade. It really is something special and the quality far exceeds a lot of the other shadows in these quads, especially if worn over a cream base!

Punk Funk



This is a fun little palette. It contains some pretty bright electric shades. First, there's a white shade which is, better quality than some of the whites in the other brightening eye color quads, but is still quite chalky. There's a bright electric blue, which is unlike any other shade I have in my collection, so i'd say it's pretty unique. It's not the best pigmentation or quality but it can be built up and usable over a base. There's a bright purple which rocked my socks in the pan and works quite well on the eye as well. It's decently pigmented. A little chalky, but usable! And lastly, there's a bright electric pink that is, again, not the most pigmented in the world, but still usable. I'd recommend this quad to anyone who wants to experiment with bright shades but are a little uneasy about it. It's a great stepping off point!

Rocker



Rocker is another disappointing quad for me. I really want to like this one because it's got shades that are right up my alley. There is a shimmery white which, as I am sure you have come to expect, is quite patchy with lots of fall out. There's a cream shade that is equally patchy. There's a stunning mid-toned purple which I so wanted to work for me, but there's very little pigmentation and it's dry. And lastly there's a slate grey that has some decent pigmentation but is difficult to blend and doesn't make up for the other sub par shadows in this quad. I wouldn't recommend this one, unless you really want to have to work with the shades. \

Silver Lining



Like Rocker, I had high hopes for this one. The shades are right up my alley. Lots of purple-y shades which are easily my favorite. But, like Rocker, this one is pretty disappointing. There's a pale lavendar purple that is hard and chalky and doesn't show up too well on my skin. There's a brighter mid-toned purple that has decent pigmentation but nothing to write home about. There's a lighter medium silvery grey color with shimmer that blends away to nothing so it really needs to be packed on to show up at all, and a light pale pinky purple that is quite nice and soft, but really shows up more like white on my skin. Overall, disappointing and I wouldn't recommend.

Teal Dream


This quad has some nice, light mermaid-y shades, but I wish the over all pigmentation was better. There's patchy cream shade. A decently pigmented sort of oatmeal shade. a lighter blue which is quite nice and soft but blends away to nothing, so you really have to pile it on to get it to work. And lastly here's a pretty teal shade that is soft but again blends away easily so you really have to work with it. This quad is nothing special and you could easily skip this one.

So that's all of my quads. Overall, I really wouldn't recommend these eye shadows as a whole. The pigmentation and quality on these little palettes are very hit or miss. In general, they are a bit dry and chalky and have quite a bit of fall out, especially in the shimmery shades. Some of the shades are more buttery and blend-able, and are worth picking up, but in general, these are not great quality. If you already have a ton of eye shadows in your collection, you could definitely skip these altogether. However, if you're just starting out, or looking for a product to purchase as a gift for a young girl just getting into makeup, some of these quads would be nice for that.

Hopefully you guys found this helpful! Leave me a comment down below and let me know if you have a different opinion of these shadows, or if you have a specific product you would like me to review next. Thanks so much for stopping by!



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Angel Costume: Outfit, makeup & nails

I went to a costume party last night, and I wanted to film a video on the makeup I did, but I didn't get a chance to film. So instead, I took a bunch of pictures and I thought I would write up a quick blog post on what I did. I dressed up as an angel. It was a quick costume I threw together from things I had at home on hand, and a few other things I picked up from walmart and Salvation Army. I had a lot of fun creating the costume and the makeup look to go with it!

It was a masquerade party, so I wanted to focus a lot on the eyes, since that's mostly what you could see. I also focused on my complexion, because an angel's skin is bound to be flawless!










 For my makeup I used the following products:

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in Creamy Natural
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in light
Elf High Definition Powder
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush in exposed (on the back of my cheeks)
E.L.F. Natural Radiance Blush in Flushed (on the apples of my cheeks)
E.L.F. Baked Blush in Pinktastic (as a highlight on my cheekbones and browbone
Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer in Bronzed and Chic
NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencil in milk (as an eye shadow base)
Eyetini liquid eye shadow in ambrosia (as a base for my crease color)
Coastal Scents Hot Pot in M01 (all over the eye)
Coastal Scents Hot Pot in HP-ME14 (all over the lid)
E.L.F. Custom Eyes Eye shadow in moondust (in the crease as a blending out shade)
E.L.F. Custom Eyes Eye shadow in Purple (to darken up the crease and in the outer corner)
Urban Decay Eye shadow in Uzi (in the center of the eye lid to add some sparkle)
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter (in my water line)
E.L.F. Cream Eyeliner in black (to line my upper lash line)
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye shadow single in Panther (to smoke out my black liner)
L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
Kiss looks so natural lashes (cut in half)
Maybelline baby lips in pink punch
E.L.F. Luscious liquid lipstick in nude pink
E.L.F. Glitter Gloss in Golden Glitz (on the center of my lips)

My Costume:





Robe: a graduation gown I picked up at Salvation army for four bucks!
Mask: walmart
wings: walmart
white tights: walmart
white headband: forever 21
shoes: were a gift

Nails:


For my nails I used Julep's Dana, which is black light reactive and was a total hit at the party. And on top to add a little sparkle I did a coat of Julep's Paris.

Overall I was pleased with my costume! I hope you enjoyed!

10/8/14

Pinterest Inspired Fall Fashion Wish List 2014

Fall is in full swing here in South East Michigan and I am loving it! The weather is cooling down and the leaves are changing color and it's totally put me in the mood for fall fashion. I don't really have much of a sense of style, to be honest. But it's hard not to be inspired by the gorgeous fall colors and designs! I have been perusing pinterest for the last couple of weeks putting together a little mini fashion wish list. I thought I would share it with you. Here are some pieces I would like to try to add to my wardrobe this fall! These are all taken directly from pinterest!

Plaid/Flannel Shirt
Plaid and flannel are huge right now! All things 90's inspired seem to be all the rage this season. I just love the look of a plaid button down shirt. I think it's so cute and effortless.

www.pinterest.com/pin/189995678005030620/

A Mustard Yellow Cardigan
This outfit is so chic and what totally makes it for me is that gorgeous cardigan sweater. This actual sweater is knock the wind out of you expensive, but I would love to find an inexpensive alternative to add to my wardrobe this fall!

www.pinterest.com/pin/189995678005081139/

Combat Boots
This outfit is so simple but those combat boots take it to the next level! I just love the color and the style. The lacing makes these boots for me!

www.pinterest.com/pin/189995678005064504/
Military Inspired Jacket
I think this style is just so effortless. Throw this jacket on over jeans and a t-shirt and you look like you spent more than 5 minutes getting dressed!

www.pinterest.com/pin/189995678004670946/
Tortoise Shell Accessories
I tend to keep my accessories super simple. Generally just my diamond studs and maybe a dainty necklace or bracelet. I think that a tortoise shell necklace is just what I need to spice things up a bit. It's such a classic pattern and I think it's so classy and chic!

www.pinterest.com/pin/190136415488339924/
So there ya have it. That's my fall fashion wish list. I am definitely going to be on the hunt to find these items at an affordable price! If you are interested in seeing more of my fashion inspiration you can check out my "Dress me Up" board on pinterest. You can also check out my "Accessorize me" Board!

10/3/14

October 2014 Julep Maven: The Black Magic Collection It Girl Box + add ons

My Julep Maven Box arrived in the mail today! I was so excited to see it. In case you weren't aware, Julep recently changed their shipping procedure! They now ship Julep Maven Boxes from their warehouse in Ohio and they now also ship Fed Ex! No more DHL! That means much faster shipping in general. And since I am in Michigan, once my Maven box is shipped it takes just a couple of days to arrive. So much better than the week to two weeks I was waiting when they shipped DHL. So happy about the change! 


The box was packaged absolutely beautifully. I always look forward to opening my maven box. This time it was full of burgundy colored paper shreds and wrapped in black tissue paper with glitter! Very halloween-y! 

The collection this month is the Black Magic Collection. It's full of a lot of darker vampy shades that are perfect for the fall and upcoming halloween season! The Beauty Product that was featured in the collection is a Nighttime Mask, which sounded intriguing, but I was all about the polish this month, so I chose the It Girl Box. As always, the It Girl Box came with three nail polishes. I also chose to add on one of the polishes from the bombshell box this month because I couldn't resist. There was also a fun little extra this month! Candy Corn! I was so psyched to see it. I love candy corn and I think this was the perfect little addition to an October box! Let's take a look! 






Let's have a closer look at the contents of the box this month. The polishes this month are really neat! 

The It Girl Box contained Ledi, Dana and Shailene! 

Ledi- Black Pearl Shimmer
Dana- White with an electric blue shimmer (this one glows under a black light! So cool!) 
Shailene- Bewitched Purple with Gold Iridescence (My favorite from this collection) 

And I also added on Nancy from the Bombshell Box because she's just gorgeous! 
Nancy- Silvery Sage Metallic

L to R: Ledi, Dana, Shailene, Nancy
Other than the candy corn and the polish, there was a little card with a quote. They do this every month, but I especially liked this month's quote. It's an Edgar Allan Poe Quote. "There is no beauty without strangeness" 


There was also a sneak peek from November's Maven Reveal. It looks like the beauty products that they will be featuring for November is not one but two mascaras. I don't have a good track record with Julep's mascara, but they have been killing it with their beauty products lately, so it might be something to consider. 


And the last thing was a coupon code! I always love being able to get nail polish at a discount. Here's the code if you want to take advantage of it! 


So that's it! That's my Julep Maven box this month! Julep is a monthly nail polish subscription service! You pay just 25 dollars a month and get great nail polish delivered to your door. For more information and to sign up check out Julep's Website and Julep.com or you can feel free to use my referral link! For every two people that sign up through my referral link I get a 15 dollar gift card to use on Julep's website! You can sign up using my referral link by clicking here 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to contribute more to my blog more often. I know I have neglected it for far too long! 

7/11/14

ModCloth inspired Nail Art



If you are anything like me you often go on fashion websites and lust after all the beautiful clothing that you can't afford. One of my favorite websites for window shopping is modcloth.com I have to admit, I am not much of a dress wearer. I feel like my body type just doesn't look good in dresses. But for some reason I find myself perusing the dress section of modcloth's website constantly. They have so many beautiful, relatively affordable dresses.

So, when I received an email recently from ModCloth, asking me if I would be interested in being part of their Nail Klub and Dresses challenge, I jumped at the chance! The idea was to check out their huge range of dresses and use the inspiration in nail art. Well, I may have broken the rules. I couldn't pick just one! They just have SO many amazing dresses!  Check them all out here, to see what I mean

Today's nail art was inspired by some of the dresses that I have fallen in love with off of the website. I hope you enjoy!

This first dress is just too cute! It's the Coach tour dress in rouge. I love the collar detail and the look of the black buttons against the red dress!


The combination of the black and red together is just so classy looking. The nail art that this dress inspired is super simple. It's just red nails with a black dot accent nail that mimics the buttons on the collar. I think this mani would look so cute with this dress!

The red nail polish is China Glaze Poinsettia. I used two coats on each of my nails. Then I used a dotting tool and added the three black dots using Julep's Jet. I love the way it looks!

Another dress that I positively fell in love with from modcloth is the Evolution of elegance dress in green. Can we just talk about hw beautiful the different shades of green are together. And I just love the style.


 If only I had an occassion to wear a dress like this! Luckily, I don't need a special occassion to rock the mani that this dress inspired.


 To replicate the look of the dress I chose three different greens/blues. My middle finger is polished with sally hansen complete salon manicure in Loden Green. My index and ring fingers are new york color long wearing nail polish in tudor city teal and my pinkie and thumb are Julep's adrianna. I might not have gotten the colors to match the dress exactly, but you can see where the inspiration came from.

Lastly, I came across this dress and absolutely fell in love with how cute and funky it is. Much more casual than the others, but I adore the color scheme. The after the rainstorm dress just reminds me so much of a funky watercolor painting.



I had to try to recreate it on my nails!



This nail art didn't turn out exactly the way I saw it in my head but I still like it a lot! I started out by applying two coats of sinful colors white on white to act as a base. Next I chose the colors I wanted to use for the design. I chose 3 polishes from the sally hansen hard as nails xtreme wear line. The purple shade is Lacey Lilac. The pink shade is fuchsia power and the blue is blue me away. To achieve the look I opened each of the three polishes, and brushed most of the polish off the brush. Then with the mostly dry brush I brushed the different polishes on my nails in random patterns. Then, before the polish had a chance to dry all the way, I topped my nails with a matte top coat. This blended the colors together a bit and made my nails matte, which I think really lends itself to this manicure. I think my thumb and ring finger look the best, but overall I feel like it's a good representation of the dress!

So that's it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post. If you haven't done so before I highly recommend you check out modcloth for dresses. http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses They have so many unique beautiful styles in a great range of sizes!

7/9/14

My favorite Yellow Nail Polishes

sally hansen hard as nails xtreme wear in mellow yellow
2 coats (needs 3 to get opaque)

Wet n Wild Megalast in lemon drop 2 coats over white

Julep Leila 2 coats (needs 3 to be opaque)

Lime Crime Crema De Limon 2 coats
For more about these polishes check out my video!

7/4/14

Happy Independence Day!

If you are one of my American readers, happy Independence Day! If not, happy Friday! I thought I would share my patriotic manicure with you today!


The red nails are Sinful Colors Sugar Sugar with Julep's America the Beautiful on top. The Blue Nails are Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Blue It with New York Color Disco Inferno Top Coat. The white nail is Julep Brigitte with accents of Sugar Sugar, Blue It, Sally Hansen Celeb City and a bit of Disco Inferno right in the middle. I love the way these turned out!

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