Monday, May 30, 2011

Pink Smokey Eyes

My sister and I are going to a friend's house to watch the premiere of their first 15-minute short film. I had a lot of extra time to kill so I thought I'd experiment with the mac: sushi flower eyeshadow that my sister bought me a while ago.

Watched a couple of youtube videos for inspiration and then moved it upstairs to my bathroom to try it out for myself. Really happy with the results!

Yeah, I know, it looks more purple than pink. Apparently pink is difficult to capture on camera and video!
How do you like the new ingredient outline diagrams?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hello Kitty Trial #2

A lighter version, using the light purple, grey and dark purple from my new hello kitty palette. :) Wish the pictures had turned out better. It's a lot prettier in real life. Eyeliner: Sephora Kohl waterproof black liner, Mascara: Neutrogena waterproof mascara. Still experimenting. Suggestions welcome!

Hello Kitty Trial #1

A darker look using my new hello kitty palette from the last post. :) I used both purples and the black eyeshadow to do this. The eyeliner is the green tokidoki "marker" eyeliner, mascara is the L'oreal Lash Extend (which straightens out my eyelashes, which is a bummer!) and my eyebrows are filled in with a Clinique product that my sister bought me a looong time ago. :)

Hello Kitty Palette

So I treated myself to my first Hello Kitty makeup purchase to celebrate my first 5lbs lost on Weight Watchers. Yay me! It was $35, with four eyeshadows and four lip glosses on the bottom. I love it, it's so chunky and cute. I'm experimenting with what I can do using only these eyeshadow colors. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

County Fair Makeup

Went with my dad and brother to the county fair in a neighboring city on Saturday. I knew it would be hot and we'd be walking around and sweating by the end of it, so I decided to go light on the makeup just to avoid any hassle.

Believe it or not, it's only two colors. Tokidoki light brown and Urban Decay purple sparkle. Sephora kohl black eyeliner and Neutrogena Mascara.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Smokey Eyes + Review of Real Colors Regal Eyes

A few weeks ago when my family (minus my sister) was staying overnight at an Indian casino, I hauled all of my makeup in my luggage bag -- maybe "haul" isn't the right word... it all fits into a small zip-up pouch... but anyway -- with the intent to do a dramatic smokey look that I had seen on someone else. This is the result. Unfortunately it was a while ago so I don't remember specifically what makeup went where, but I listed the palettes I remember using in case you might be interested in replicating the look.

1. Shiseido "Lunar Phases"
2. Kat Von D "Mememto Mori" - Hard Luck and Tijuana colors; "Gypsy" palette: black color
3. Tokidoki Kabuki Luminosa Powder
4. Clinique 01 Shaping Taupe (on eyebrows)

And in other news: Real Colors Regal Eyes

A while ago my sister was awesome (... that sounded wrong. She is still currently awesome, but in this case I'm referencing an awesome act she performed in the past that further illustrates her awesomeness) and bought me an Urban Decay eyeshadow in "Atmosphere" that I absolutely love to this day. It's extremely pigmented and eye-catching and works really well with the kind of makeup I like to do when I get crazy.

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... This is NOT that makeup. This is Real Colors Regal Eyes, "Embellished Eyeshadow" that I purchased as part of my $25 spending spree at Sally Beauty Supply. I bought it hoping it would compare to the Urban Decay product that I love so much and boyo, was I wrong! I mean it's sparkley and pigmented, but it doesn't have the same magic. And what ticks me off is that the glitter is only on the top, so once I rubbed the top layer enough, I just had ugly gray eyeshadow on my finger. You know, like that ugly gray eyeshadow everyone keeps wearing where they just put grey on their eye, eyeliner, and mascara and then think they look good? I swear I went out recently and saw three different cashier girls wearing that ugly look. I think it's ugly. It's ugly. And now I have my own version of it.

I guess that's the price I pay for not shopping at Sephora where you can bring your stuff back if you don't like the color. Although if I had shopped at Sephora for a gray sparkley eyeshadow happily playing with another palette of Urban Decay Stardust, only this time in "Moon Spoon." Hmmm... add to wish list!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Culling your collection

Most of the time we recognize frivolous beauty purchases. I just bought the little mini duo of Fresh's Sugar lip treatments in original and rose even though I have a Dior lip balm in my purse and an Aveda lip balm in my car. Other times, though, it's quite justified to retire a color if:

1) You don't use it with joy anymore
2) You've found a more contemporary version that performs as well or better
3) You don't use is as often as you used to, or even on special occasions anymore

Notice I said nothing about the expiration date. Beauty products often come with a little open jar logo that has a number inside. It indicates the number of months you have left until supposedly you must buy a new one because the manufacturers say it's the expiration date. Whatever, I still use my Clinique powder eyebrow filler that my mom bought me in '96 and I'm not tossing it.

So what I did toss recently were my Max Factor eyeshadow compacts that contain white, black, purple, beige and grey recently though. I don't think I've touched them for a year, and they had been keeping me from buying replacements that I'll actually use. Near Christmas I bought a new black Urban Decay pot from Sephora for $5, for starters.

Those 3 rules also happen to be my philosophy with clothing, too. When your knit sweater from 4 winters ago is pilling and saggy and it's actually bringing your getup down rather than helping it, then it's time to look at your budget and find a replacement at Forever21 or Gap or Nordstrom.

And you're not a bad spender, you're just being real. So next time you fall in love with a tube of lipstick or an eyeshadow palette and you go, "But I already have that color at home" then ask yourself this: Will you wear your current version as often in the next few months as you would wear the new one that's already stimulating your imagination?

Just sayin'