Friday, January 24, 2014

Smokey Purple Eye Makeup ft. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Here's eye makeup look I've done using the new Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette! This look is a lot more dramatic than the first look I did. 







Steps to complete this look:
-apply Urban Decay Primer Potion eyeshadow primer all over the lids
-apply Mary Kay At Play Eye Crayon in the shade In the Navy all over the lid as a base
-use a flat eyeshadow brush to apply Candied Violet from the Too Faced palette all over the eye lid
-take a clean blending brush to blend out the edges of Candied Violet
-use blending brush to apply Amaretto from the Too Faced palette to the crease and blend downward, overlapping the purple on the outer corner
-then place Too Faced Milk Chocolate eyeshadow above Amaretto and blend towards the brow bone
-apply White Chocolate to the brow bone to highlight
-take Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in Tipsy on a wet smudge brush and place it on the lower lash line
-finally use Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner to create a double wing
-add 2 coats of Benefit They're Real Mascara

I hope you enjoyed this smokey, more dramatic look! The Too Face Palette has lots of light, neutral colors, but you definitely can do some darker looks with it!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sephora Velvet Eyeliner Appliques Review

When most people see a negative review on a product they don't want to buy it at all. Though when I saw that these Sephora Velvet Eyeliner Appliques had a 2 star review on sephora.com and were priced at only $3, I had to try them out! I was curious to see if I could make them work because they seemed similar to false eyelashes.

Sephora Velvet Eyeliner Appliques in Perfection
Price: $3
On sale right now at sephora.com



The packaging is very similar to the containers that false eyelashes come in. This also contains a small tube of glue to apply the eyeliner appliques.


The instructions sounded pretty simple to me. You have to fit it to your eye, and trim to achieve the correct fit. Then apply the glue, position it on the eye, and pat it down until the glue is set.

I found that it was a little more difficult to apply though. I think my glue may have been slightly old because it wasn't tacky enough to stay on my eyes. As you can see in the bottom left picture below, I could not get it to stick on the inner and outer parts of my eyes even though I tried a few times. My eye may have also been a little to round for this design, so I don't think the fit was quite right.


This product was kind of a fail for me, but maybe it would work better with a different eye shape and maybe using eyelash glue instead of the glue it comes with. It also took more time to apply then doing a wing with regular liner.

One good thing did come out of this though. After I took this off it left an imprint of the applique because the glue took of my eyeshadow, and I was able to use that imprint to create a pretty good wing with liquid eyeliner (bottom right picture above). So could act sort of like a stencil if you have difficulty doing winged eyeliner, but it'll probably too much trouble... at least it was only $3! I guess this got 2 stars for a reason :/

Have you ever tried a product like this? Do negative reviews intrigue you too?

Monday, January 20, 2014

All About Eyes Tag!

I was tagged by Pauline at asianhomie101.blogspot.com to do the All About Eyes Tag! I haven't seen many people do this tag, but I was pretty excited about it since eye products are my favorite makeup products! I'm usually so bad at doing tags. People tag me, and I get so excited. Then I never get around to doing it! I'm going to try to do better with that this year though!

Here are the questions:




1. What eye cream/serum do you use? 
The Mary Kay Timewise Age Fighting Eye Cream is my most used eye cream. My under eye area gets dried out easily despite the fact that the rest of my skin it pretty oily! This product does a great job of keeping the area smooth and hydrated.

2. What is your favorite under eye concealer? My most used under eye concealer at the moment is LA Girl Pro Concealer in Fawn. I had been hearing people raving about the LA Girl Pro Concealers for a little while now, so I decided to give them a try. The formula is really nice, and I doesn't settle in the lines under my eyes. The shade also really brightens my under eye area. I'll have a full review coming soon on this product!

3. What is your favorite eye brow product? I have been using the Sigma Brow Pencil for the past few months, and I really like that it's double sided! I like to use the lighter shade at the front of my brows and the darker shade on the tail and arch.


4. What is your favorite eye shadow primer? I love the Benefit Stay Don't Stray sample that I got in the Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift last year. It came with a decent amount so I have used it a lot, and I plan on purchasing the full size soon. I like that it has some color, so it hides the veins on my eyelids. It also does a nice job of keeping my eyeshadow on all day without creasing.

5. Your favorite shadow palette( you must choose just one): Wow, it was so hard to choose just one eyeshadow palette... I would have cheated and said more than one if this didn't say, "you must choose just one!" I went with the Sugarpilll Heartbreaker palette though because the shades are so vibrant and pigmented, and I love them! I wouldn't wear this palette by itself because I need a highlight shade, but it is definitely my favorite to use right now!

6. Your favorite eye makeup remover: The Mary Kay eye makeup remover is the best makeup remover I've ever used! I highly recommend trying it if you haven't already! It removes everything so easily- even waterproof mascara. And it's oil free and very gentle on the skin!


7.Your favorite mascara: I love the Maybelline the Falsies Big Eyes mascara, and I used it so much last year! I really like the shape of the bristles, and it adds the perfect amount of length and volume to my lashes. It also has a bottom lash mascara which is very helpful! I need to go repurchase this again soon because the tube that I have pictured it all old and dried out!

8. Your favorite eye liner (gel, kohl,felt tip): I like the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner, and Liquid Eyeliner pen, and my favorite pencil is Urban Decay's 24/7 pencil in zero or perversion.

9. Your favorite single eye shadow: My favorite single eyeshadow is Urban Decay's Half Baked which is a gorgeous gold color (and the picture of it above is in Urban Decay's old packaging).  I love wearing this all over my eyelid with purple, green, or deep brown in the crease.


10. Your favorite sun glasses: I lose sunglasses all the times, but I've kept up with these deep blue ones for the longest time! I can't remember where they're from unfortunately, but I really like the size, shape, and color!

Thanks so much for tagging me Pauline! I'm not going to tag specific people to do this, but I encourage you all to do this because it was fun to do! Let me know if you do this tag so I can check out your answers!

Tag Questions:
1. What eye cream/serum do you use?
2. What is your favorite under eye concealer?
3. What is your favorite eye brow product?
4. What is your fav eye shadow primer?
5. Your favorite shadow palette( you must choose just one)
6. your favorite eye makeup remover
7.Your favorite  mascara
8. Your favorite eye liner (gel, kohl,felt tip)
9. Your favorite single eye shadow
10. Your favorite sun glasses

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in Tipsy Review

I purchased a few things from Sugarpill during Black Friday a little over a month ago, and one of the things I got was this Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in the shade Tipsy. The product I was most excited about that I bought was the Heart Breaker Palette which I reviewed a few weeks ago, but I couldn't resist trying their loose eyeshadows as well! I don't think I've ever seen a bad review on anything from this company, so I had high hopes for this product; thankfully my hopes were met!

Price: 12.00 for 4.5 grams of product


This product comes in a  plastic jar and contains 4.5 grams of product. I think the Sugarpill logo on the lid is really cute!



Tipsy is a very shimmery bright, grass-green shade. As you can see from the swatch below, the color payoff is excellent! It looks exactly as it does in the container when swatched on the skin.


Whenever I wear this eyeshadow, I use a primer, and I never have an issues with lasting power. A few days ago I wore this for 8 hours and I did not get any fading or creasing. 

I've found that this can be a little tricky to blend because it can get a little messy. I recommend doing your face makeup after you apply this instead of doing it before; this way you can clean up any fall out without ruining your face makeup.

My favorite way to wear this eyeshadow is on the lower lash line as a pop of color. I also enjoy wearing this all over my eyelid. It's so gorgeous when used wet too!

Overall, this is a great eyeshadow, and I would repurchase it if I ran out. Though I don't think I'll run out any time soon because you get so much product! The price is reasonable too! I'm definitely look into adding more of Sugarpill's loose eyeshadows to my collection, like Goldilux and Hysteria!

Have you tried any products from Sugarpill? Do you like loose eyeshadows?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

NOTW: Polka Dot French Mani

Normally I do my nails once a week or even a few times a week, but I was feeling kind of lazy today. I decided to go for a simple french manicure which was inspired by the Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer Polka Dots collection in Pretty in Polka.



To get this look I first used a regular pink nail polish from Mary Kay and painted the tips of my nails because the Maybelline Polka dot polish is a little sheer. Next I used a bobby pin dipped in black nail polish and placed dots below the polish on the bare part of my nails. Then I used the Maybelline Polka Dot polish and placed it over the tips of my nails that were already covered in the 1st pink polish. I finished this off with the Sally Hansen Insta Dry Top Coat.

This is pretty simple, but I hope you enjoyed! Would you wear polka dot nails like this?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder Review

I was looking all over my area for new drugstore products, and after I had already gave up looking, I found a display of new Maybelline products in my local CVS. I had just gone in to purchase a gift card, so seeing the display caught me by surprise. After doing a little happy dance, which made my mother turn away in embarrassment, I decided to pick up this new Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder!

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in Coconut
Price: $8.99


The Dream Wonder Powder comes in 16 different shades. This shade, Coconut, is the darkest shade.


This product comes in a circular compact with a mirror and a powder puff. I really love this packaging because it isn't bulky, and it's very travel friendly!

The texture of the product looks a little strange in the picture below, but it's just from swirling my brush around in it. I usually take pictures before I use a product, but I just couldn't wait to use it...



This powder blends easily into my skin when I apply it, and it makes my skin feel very smooth and soft. It gives me a nice matte finish, and I would say that this is a light-med coverage powder foundation. I also don't have issues with this accentuating lines and pores. I have used it as a setting powder and as a powder foundation and I love to wear it both ways!

I was pretty impressed with the lasting power and the oil control on this powder. I can go 6+ hours without blotting with just this powder on, which is crazy for me. I was previously using the Maybelline Fit Me powder, and although I love how glowy it makes my skin look, it isn't amazing for oil control. My skin is a lot less oily in the winter than in the summer though. I'll have to update you all and let you know if it still works well for me when my skin is at its oiliest!

The only thing wrong with this product in my eyes is that this is the darkest shade, so if you are any darker than me this probably wouldn't work out well. I did mention in my Fit Me review last year that there wasn't enough dark shades, but Maybelline added more dark shades later. I hope they do the same with this powder so more people can enjoy it!

Overall, I'm impressed with this powder. It exceeded my expectations as far as oily control goes! Usually I'm satisfied if a powder lasts 4+ hours on my oily skin, so this product really makes me happy. I'll definitely do an update later to see if it still works for me during the hotter months!

Have you tried this new powder yet? What's your favorite powder?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Celestial Review

I've seen so many reviews on the Rimmel Show Off (Apocalips) Lip Lacquers since last summer! And I wanted to try it, but for some reason I never really got around to try it. I received this product in my Influenster Jolly Voxbox, and it was the product I was most excited for.

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Celestial 
Price: $5.99


This lip lacquer comes in a plastic tube, and it has a doe foot applicator. I really like the applicator, and it allows for a lot of accuracy when using this. Also, the shade of the product is shown on the tube, so it's really easy to distinguish which shade is which.


The Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers come in 13 different shades ranging from nude/neutral to bright and dark.

The shade Celestial is a muted pink/mauve-pink. The finish is creamy with a little shine. It isn't as shiny as a gloss though.

In the swatch below you can see that this has great color payoff! Although Rimmel say that this isn't a lipstick or a gloss, I would say this product is like a liquid lipstick.


This Rimmel Show Off Lacquer feels nice on the lips. It isn't moisturizing to me, but it isn't drying either. It did accentuate dry areas on my lips though, so I have to make sure I exfoliate. 

On my lips this lasts around 5+ hours; it lasts a little less than that if I'm eating or drinking because the color does transfer. It doesn't claim to be a long lasting product, so I think the lasting power is good.

The versatility of this product is similar to a lot of lip products I own. It can be layered over a lipstick to change the color or you can apply a gloss over it to add more shine. This color isn't my favorite for my skintone, but I do like to do different lip combos with it!

One of my favorite things about this product is the smell! It smells like watermelon sour candy to me, and I love sour candy. It's funny- when I first opened this product, without even applying this product or looking at the color, I fell in love with it... just because of the smell... gosh I'm so easily satisfied....

To summarize, this product has a good texture and good color payoff. It feels nice, and it also last a pretty good amount of time. I can't really find any faults in this product, other than the shade not being perfect for my skintone. I have found ways to work with it though. I would repurchase this product, but I think I'll go for Galaxy, Big Bang, or Apocaliptic because I think they would suit me better!

Have you tried the Rimmel Show Off (Apocalips) Lip Lacquers? Which shades do you like?

*Disclaimer: I got this product complementary from Influenster, but that does not influence the honesty of this review.*

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hot Cocoa Eye Makeup Ft. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection

This is a quick eye look I did this morning using shades from the New Too Face Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection which I reviewed last week.





To create this look I placed Creme Brulee and Amaretto on my lid. Next I used a blending brush to add Triple Fudge on my outer corner and blended it into the crease. I used Milk Chocolate above the crease to blend out Triple Fudge. Then I used White Chocolate on my brow bone to highlight the area. The colors I used on my lid are repeated on my lash line. Finally I used Champagne Truffle to highlight the inner corners of my eyes. 

For eyeliner I used Urban Decay 24/7 pencil eyeliner in Zero on my upper lashline and water line. And for mascara I used Benefit They're Real.

I hope you enjoyed this neutral, wearable look! Have you tried the Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection?

Monday, January 6, 2014

NYC HD Trio in Long Beach Sands Review

I got this NYC HD Trio in my Influenster Jolly Box a few weeks ago, and at first glance I immediately thought of Wet N Wild's Walking on Eggshells Trio. I know that trio is loved by many, so I was very interested to see if this one is comparable!

NYC HD Trio in Long Beach Sands 
Price: $2.99



These three eyeshadows are housed in durable, plastic packaging. A dual ended sponge tip applicator is also inside.


NYC makes 12 different trios in their HD Color line. They have a nice range of neutral trios as well as bright, colorful trios.


This particular trio has a light highlight shade, a medium brown crease shade, and a pink toned- light eyelid shade. All of these has a similar satin finish. They aren't exactly matte, but there isn't much shimmer detectable.

You can see in the swatches below (without primer) that the pigmentation is decent. They are also a little powdery. The top shade definitely has the best color payoff and the least amount of chalkiness. I've found that these blend pretty easily, but since the color payoff isn't the best the colors are easily muted if you blend too much.


When I use these with a primer I don't have any problems with the longevity of these shadows. The primer also helps with the powdery look of the bottom two shadows.

I hate to give this such a negative review because I actually like the lightest shade! I have used it in a lot of eyeshadow looks lately but, I don't think I would repurchase this particular trio. I think I would like this a lot more if the colors were darker and less powdery, and I think it would suit my skintone better. I am curious about the other trios in this line. I may try one with brighter colors, since the price is pretty good. I do think if you like the colors in this particular trio, you are better off trying Wet n Wild's Walking on Eggshells Trio.

*Disclaimer: I received this product complementary from Influenster, but that does not influence the honesty of this review*

Friday, January 3, 2014

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette Review!

I'm not usually an impulsive shopper. I usually read soo many reviews before I even decide if I wan't to buy something, especially makeup! But I was scrolling down my Facebook feed and saw that Too Faced posted a picture of this Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection. I immediately went to sephora.com and purchased it.

I think the reason I purchased this so quickly is because it appeared to be very versatile with its mix of matte, shimmer, and glitter shades! I've already gotten some questions about this palette, so I figure I should go ahead and review it now. Right now this is available at Ulta, Sephora, and the Too Faced website.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection
-Price: $49
-Contains 16 eyeshadows


These eyeshadows are housed in a cute chocolate palette! It's very durable, and it has a magnetic closure.



The palette also has a decent sized mirror. Inside is a plastic sheet that tells you the names of each shade of eyeshadow. I really wish the names were actually on the palette, so I wouldn't have to keep up with the sheet.


Inside are 6 matte eyeshadows and 10 shimmer eyeshadows. 2 of the shimmer shades have some glitter too. The shades White Chocolate (matte cream) and Champagne Truffle ( shimmery light pink) are larger than the other eyeshadows.


Here's a closer look at the left half of the palette:


Swatches of the left half (from left to right): Gilded Ganache, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut, White Chocolate, Marzipan, Creme Brulee, Semi-Sweet, Haute Chocolate



And here is the right side of the palette:


 The right side of the palette swatched from left to right: Milk Chocolate, Strawberry Bon Bon, Cherry Cordial, Black Forrest Truffle, Candied Violet, Champagne Truffle, Triple Fudge, Armaretto



The shimmer shades in this palette really impressed me because they all have excellent color payoff. The glitter in Cherry Cordial, Black Forest Truffle and Candied Violet is beautiful. I also don't experience much fallout with those shades which is pretty surprising! Creme Brulee is a pretty eyelid color, and Champagne Truffle is an excellent highlight shade!

The matte shades were a little less impressive. Some of them were a little streaky, especially Strawberry Bon Bon and Semi-Sweet. I have done eye looks with most of these shades already, and the matte shades are usable. Milk Chocolate is actually a great blending shade for me. I would recommend making sure you use a good primer before using these.

I have no problem with fading or creasing with these when I use a primer. So far I've used these with a few different primers and these lasted the whole day with all of them!

One really unique thing about this palette is all of the eyeshadows contain cocoa powder, so it smells like chocolate!! The smell really goes perfectly with the theme of this palette, and I love smelling chocolate while doing my makeup!

To summarize, this palette is very versatile can be used to do natural or dark looks, and it has a great mix of shimmer and matte shades. Almost all of the shades have great color payoff and blend easily. But, a few of the mattes are a little powdery and lack in color payoff, and I wish the names of the eyeshadows was on the palette. This palette is good for the price though, and I think a lot of neutral/chocolate lovers will enjoy this! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Colorful New Years Eve EOTD

Happy New Year! For my first post of 2014 I wanted to share my eye makeup for New Year's Eve. Here's my look using shimmery, jeweled tones and metallic shades:




Steps to complete this look:
-apply Benefit Stay Don't Stray all over the eyelids to prime the eyes
-apply Mary Kay at Play Eye Crayon in the shade In the Navy all over the eyelids
-apply Milani Shadow Eyez in Winter White on the center of the eyelids
-use a fluffy crease brush to apply Sugarpill 2am eyeshadow to the crease
-use a pencil brush to apply Inglot Matte 325 eyeshadow (deep purple) to the outer corner of the eyelids
-apply Inglot 480 DS (shimmery blue) to the inner and outer part of the eye, avoiding the middle area
-apply Inglot Matte 328 (cream shade) to the brow bone and blend out Sugarpill's 2am eyeshadow
-place the metallic, shimmery silver from the Mary Kay at Play Ocean View Baked Eye Trio
-use a smudge brush to place Inglot 480 DS on the lower lash line

For eyeliner I smudged the Urban Decay 24/7 pencil eyeliner in Zero on the upper lash line and lower lash line. And finally, for mascara, I used Benefit They're Real.

I'm pretty happy with how this look turned out! Every year I usually go with very dark, smokey, glittery looks; so I tried to incorporate more bright colors and silver into this look. I hope you all enjoyed, and I'm wishing you all the best for 2014!

How did you do your makeup for New Year's Eve?