Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hitting Pan(!) and a NOTD

I finally did it guys.... I hit pan on a makeup product!! I think the closest thing related to makeup that I've finished was a lip balm... Nivea's Kiss of Moisture to be exact. I did enjoy that lip balm but Soft Lips' SPF wins me over and gives a nice minty sensation. I was close to finishing a Soft Lips but I accidentally twisted the product the wrong way and smushed the product into the cap >.<. I threw that one out because it was a mess but I'm almost done with the one I have now! But that's more of an essential so I guess that doesn't count.

See that pan!? This is the third color of my Revlon Cream Shadow in Skinlights which I reviewed HERE. It's a great shimmery champagne color, perfect for everyday makeup looks. I've had this for a year and a half and a month or two ago I realized that I needed to use this up because cream, liquid types of makeup expire much faster than powdered products. Not wanting to throw money into the trash, I put this on my vanity for easy access in hopes of using this more. I still have a lot of product to go but I think I can finish the whole pan by November (hopefully). Unfortunately I have three other colors to use up and the first and last colors are a little bit more difficult as the first is a matte skin color which I have little use for since these are pretty much only great as color bases and the last is a darker shade....

Nonetheless I hope I can show you guys more pans soon!! I feel accomplished and a little better that I am using up some of my collection... one step at a time.... I'm thinking of doing a Project 10 Pan in the future. Perhaps when the 2011 starts and my birthday and Christmas are out of the way :)

I also wanted to show you guys what I'm wearing on my nails! I haven't painted my nails in awhile... for a few weeks I suppose. I used to paint them a different color every week a few years ago. I don't have as much time anymore and my collection of nail polishes is small so I can only rotate a few colors.

I'm wearing Salley Hansen's Mystic Lilac which I picked up as part of my haul that you can see HERE. This is a limited edition shade but you can probably find it at your local drugstores now! This one is a lilac base with green shimmers in it. I really enjoy Salley Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes as they're usually opaque and smooth after three coats. The first coat usually goes on sheer but they are really buildable! I now have five out of their many shades and hope they come out with more interesting limited edition colors ^^ These also wear well and do not chip within the first few days. My favorites are Gunmetal and Blue It which are part of their regular line so I highly recommend those!

Thanks for reading and hope everyone's doing well :D School's been pretty busy lately and the next two weeks are going to be extremely hectic :/ I plan on doing a September favorites next but I haven't planned my posts after that :(

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Overview: Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadows!

If you take a look at my makeup collection, it will be very apparent to you that I LOVE my eyeshadows. It's the largest part of my collection and although I can't use them all up, I keep buying them X_X. I'm a big fan of drugstore products as you've probably realized by now if you read this blog and I want to share with you one of my favorite brands for eyeshadow!

Tada! My collection (thus far) of Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadows. I plan on buying more in the future but this is what I can talk about so far :) The quads retail for about $5 - $6.50 depending on where you buy them. The 8 pan shadows retail for about $8 - $9 I believe. However, I did not buy any of these for retail price being the bargain shopper I am and I usually wait for BOGO or 40% sales and couple those deals with coupons to snag these shadows for a mere $2 - $3 on average. For a few bucks and some change these shadows offer you a variety of shades and finishes and I can easily say I love each and every one of the palettes I own.

You should be able to find all of the quads readily at your local drugstore, Target, or Walmart. The 8 pan I have was from the past Salsa Sun summer collection and it is limited edition unfortunately. I've heard mixed reviews on these quads and some bloggers have said how much they hate these quads. I personally find the pigmentation to be quite good in a majority of my shadows. The texture of these shadows are quite dense but I kinda like that in a shadow. When you dip your brush into these shadows, you will not have a chalky mess nor fallout. The shadows are smooth and easy to build. I also like that they are well color coordinated (aside from Charcoal Smokes which has a silver brow highlight....). These are great to bring on vacation or when you're in a hurry to do your makeup. Although the packaging is plastic, it is by no means unsturdy or cheap. While taking these pictures I accidentally dropped three of my palettes >.< but my shadows were intact and the plastic did not crack at all. I actually like the packaging of Maybelline shadows because the plastic is an interesting purple color and the lids are clear, allowing you to clearly see the color of the shadows. I think the packaging on these is much more appealing than those of Covergirl and Wet n' Wild shadows ^^ But that's just my opinion haha.

Here are a few random swatches I did to give you guys an idea of how the shadows look :) Aren't they gorgeous? I LOVE reddish plum colors and the one in the Earthly Glow palette is amazingly pigmented and such a unique shade for the drugstore. The brow highlight in the Enchanted Forest quad is great for the inner corners of your eyes as it adds a beautiful shimmer. The outer corner color of the Chai Latte quad is a nice matte brown for an everyday look. Last but not least, the lid color for the Charcoal Smokes quad is decently pigmented and will be perfect for an easy smokey eye.

I will probably do an in-depth review on each of the shadows I own from them in the future, complete with swatches and eye looks using each quad. I hope to buy a few more quads (Time for Wine, Designer Chocolates, Amythest Smokes) and perhaps some trios (Bronze Glitz), duos and singles (Sparkling Wine is calling out to me!!). I also like that Maybelline is consistent with new limited edition collections so be sure to keep an eye out for those :D

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and if you want me to review a specific palette first please tell me in the comments!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

We have ourselves a DUPE! ^^

These two are some of my favorite color bases that I can use everyday to make my eyeshadows POP! I love my neutral eyeshadows and I can't get enough of shimmery champagne eyeshadows with hints of pink. The Benefit Creaseless Cream shadow in R.S.V.P and NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt are perfect complements to pinky champagne eyeshadows.

In the picture above, they look warmer than they are in real life but I guarantee you that they are a tad cooler. The Benefit shadow is usually $19 for .16 ounces. I got mine from the Sephora Stay Put Set which is still available HERE. I highly recommend you guys grab a set before they're out of stock!! The pot I have is .11 ounces but it is still a decent amount and it will take me a long time before I hit pan and it only cost me a mere $3 and change! Sometimes its a bit hard to get product with your fingertips since the jar is so small but I think using your fingers is the best way to blend out the base on your eyelid.

The NYX pencil is available from Cherry Culture HERE for $3.25 but I purchased mine from a local grocery store for $3. The pencil is easy to maneuver and you can simply brush the color onto your lid and blend it out with your fingertips. I have yet to sharpen my pencil but I feel like that can be a problem later down the road and I will probably depot my pencil when I need more product. There are lots of videos on youtube showing you how to do that :)

As you can see from the swatch, R.S.V.P is a bit lighter but when you blend yogurt out, they are almost identical. I use both on top of a base like Urban Decay Primer Potion but I would think R.S.V.P has better staying power on its own since its advertised as a "creaseless cream" and it isn't as soft as the pencil. Overall I love both products and use both on a regular basis. I don't know if I would purchase a full size of R.S.V.P for $19 and not sure if I would even need to for a few years. But if you get it in the $10 Stay Put Set, I'd say its well worth it!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Smokey Green Eyes for Daytime

Following a neutral warm toned eye, I wanted to be a bit more adventurous and decided to wear a smokey green look to school. I rarely wore eyeshadow to high school and never wore bold colors like greens, blues, purples... you get the idea. But now that I'm in college I feel inclined to experiment more and wear whatever the heck I want to wear :)

This is pretty dramatic compared to what I normally wear but I wanted to give my colored eyeshadow some love :) I used Urban Decay Primer Potion and just applied my shadows on top of that with no color base (because I don't have a green colored base anyway).

I used the shimmery off white with gold flecks in my Maybelline Emerald Smokes palette in the inner corner and placed the taupey green "lid" shade in the entire crease. This acts as a guideline for my lid colors.

Using my Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume II (I'm passing on this year's edition because there are two repeated shadows and I don't nearly use my Volume II enough to justify purchasing another. I'm intending to get the Naked palette soon though!), I placed Homegrown, a gorgeous shimmery green, on the entire lid. Then I used Misdemeanor, a dark shimmery green only available in this palette, on the outer third of my lid and slowly blended some into the outer crease. Taking the outer corner color from the Emerald Smokes quad, I put that in the outer V and blended it with Misdemeanor and into the crease. I also lined the outer lower third of my lash line with the dark shimmery black color.

The colors were much darker and deeper in real life :(
To finish up the look I applied Urban Decay's 24/7 pencil eyeliner in Zero along the upper lashline and smudged it out and set it with an angled liner brush and Urban Decay's shadow in Perversion, a matte black. I curled my lashes and applied Lancome's Definicils as usual. I kept my face simple and only applied a bit of the bronzer from ELF's studio blush and bronzer duo since my eyes were so dramatic.
Today's FOTD :)
After yesterday's look, I wanted to revert to my usual neutral look and used a bunch of higher end products on my eyes. Just to give a laundry list of what I used on my eyes in the order I used them: Urban Decay Primer Potion, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P, MAC Gold Mode pigment, Urban Decay YDK eyeshadow, Urban Decay Mushroom eyeshadow, Urban Decay 24/7 Zero eyeliner, Lancome Definicils.