a short lived experiment

Tuesday, August 16

This past week I tried to wear vivid yellow eye shadow.  I failed, but not for the reasons one would assume.

I ‘d purchased Persephone Minerals’  Sailor Senshi Venus sample collection.  I couldn’t help myself, those bright yellows and oranges just begged to come home to me.  Once here, I was kind of stumped how to wear them.  They’ve been sitting in my little pencil box full of sample eye shadow baggies.  I finally decided to try one color to see what it would look like against my skin tone.

I primed my eye with MAC Paint pot in Painterly.  This is usually my go to primer because it neutralizes the natural color on my lids and leaves me with a light, clean base to work off. I decided I wanted to use the brightest color in the Sailor Senshi Venus collection – Venus Love Beauty Shock.  What better way to bring out a bright glittery color than with Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy?  Add to that a few coats of Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara, some white eyeliner in the lower waterline and I was good to go, right?

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Since I was just experimenting, I didn’t put any foundation on, so my discoloration, dark circles, and freckles are definitely out for the world to see.  However the results were pretty nice.  I don’t think the yellow clashed much with my skin tone.

The combination Paint Pot and Pixie Epoxy was disastrous though!  I couldn’t even get through taking all of the photos for the look and my eye shadow was a big creased mess on my lids. 

Perhaps I put too much pixie epoxy on?  Maybe I should have made sure the shadow was blended better?  I’m not sure, but I had to take the shadow off almost immediately after I finished taking pictures of the look. It’s a shame because I wouldn’t have minded going out like that.  Next time I will definitely use a proper primer like UDPP or TFSI.

Double FOTD

Thursday, August 11

On Wednesday my eldest sister and my boyfriend accompanied me downtown to attend a ceremony I was a part of.  I was running pretty late so I did not get to do my make up as planned.  In my haste I wound up with full coverage foundation, something I don’t like doing during the summer. 

I will totally place the blame on MAC prolongwear concealer.  I think their pump dispenses way too much product for concealer.  :(  I do have to give it the credit it deserves though…my make up did not budge despite the hot, humid ,and rainy day.

Eyes
Covergirl Liquiline  

Brows
YBF Automatic Eyebrow Pencil - Universal Taupe

Face
MAC Prolongwear concealer - NW30
MAC Studio Fix - NC42
Elf - High definition powder

Lips
MAC lipstick – Ruby woo 

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I took the day off work so once I was home I decided to play with my Tarte for True Blood Palette that I purchased this past Sunday.  I tried to keep it "Vampy.”

Eyes
MAC paint pot - Painterly
From the Tarte for True Blood Palette:
Telepath (shimmery pinky neutral) – swept onto inner 1/3
V (shimmery burgundy) – all over lid and into crease and over Legend to deepen the color
Legend (soft matte black) – in the crease
Dusk (light matte brown) – browbone and to soften the edge of Legend
The True Death (shimmery silver) – inner corner of eyes
Glamour Me (plum) – lined lower lashline
Maybelline The Colossal Volum' Express - Glam Black
EmphasEYES aqua gel eyeliner - Black

Brows
YBF Automatic Eyebrow Pencil - Universal Taupe

Face
MAC Prolongwear concealer - NW30
MAC Studio Fix - NC42
Elf - High definition powder

Cheeks
MAC - Dirty Plum

Lips
MAC lipstick – Musky Amethyst, blotted

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I do wish I had better photos of this look, but the lighting was really poor due to the bad weather and the colors were not accurately represented in any closed eye shots.  I generally do like the Tarte for True Blood palette however I swatched some duds on Sunday so I’m curious to see how they translate into a FOTD.  I' will have to play with the palette more before I can make a final decision about it.

Do you prefer darker, more wintry looks or brighter, more summery looks?

Favorites for July 2011

Thursday, August 4

July was an awesome month for me.  After getting back into make-up and beauty products, I took the plunge and decided to start a blog.  I started this blog July 4th, and have met and talked to a lot of great ladies on twitter and on this blog.  As the new girl on the block, I still feel unworthy of some of the friendships I’ve forged! Just a little social anxiety peeking through.

So here were my favorite items for the month of July!

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Boots Botanics – Skin Brightening Toner.  Everything about this toner screams delicate.  The scent is soft and not overbearing and it is gentle enough for every day use.  I tend to use this toner during the middle of the day when I walk into the bathroom and see my face is an oil slick. Once I wipe my face with a cotton ball soaked in this toner, my face is instantly refreshed, clean, and lacking all that grease!

Brazen Cosmetics – Gummie Glaze Lip Gloss in Lemon. Sandi sent me this sample along with a sample of her balmstick after an Etsy convo about her amazing lip scrubs. This is a thick clear gloss with plenty of shimmer.  The name of the each glaze correlates to the color of shimmer inside the gloss. This one was yellow and gave a beautiful gold/lemon sheen over top my lipstick. Behold!

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Bokeh Face Cosmetics – Eyeshadow in No. 003 Alps. From her Swiss Miss collection, I found myself reaching out for this shadow weekly.  This color is a shimmery light brown, great for, you guessed it, neutral eye looks. :)

MAC - Mineralize Skin Finish in Semi Precious Pearl. From their most recent Semi Precious collection, MAC hit a home run with their MSFs.  I only picked up Pearl, and I wish I’d picked up more as I wore this more than any other item in my collection this month. I would use the outer color as a highlight and the inner color as a blush. The results were this gorgeous sheen that looked natural and fresh for summer. Check out that sheen! :D


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Suki Skincare – Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. I first learned about Suki from my March Birchbox. I love the product so much I promptly ordered it before my travel-size sample was empty. I use this sugar scrub on my face twice a week.  The lemon scent is delicate and not overpowering but definitely summery. Best of all, it isn’t too rough on my sensitive cheeks, but eliminates all traces of excess sebum from my oiliest parts – my nose and forehead. I’m left feeling squeaky clean and refreshed.

Morgana Cryptoria – Balm in Peach Cobbler.  This was my first Morgana order – 3 balms and a few samples from the 1920’s lipstick collection.  Lets just say my wallet is going to be very angry with me, haha. These balms are incredibly pigmented and smooth. I understand why every blogger raves about her product. The quality is outstanding.

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Real Simple Magazine. I’ll be the first to admit the advertising makes up roughly half of the magazine, but who do you know that has read their New Uses for Old Things articles and books and hasn’t walked away learning a new function for an old item?

Honorable Mentions (not pictured above)

Skittles because…well, isn’t it obvious?! xD


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What are your June favorites…did you find a new Holy Grail product this month?