Showing posts with label eyeliner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eyeliner. Show all posts

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Experiments of the Week: Feb. 17 - 23

Last week's goals:
  • use white eyeliner as a base
  • layer lipstick and gloss - experiment with combinations!
  • use lipstick as blush
White eyeliner of choice: Tarina Tarantino Crystal Gun. I picked it up on sale when Sephora was clearing out their products. I kind of like it and wish I had picked up more (I only bought one other, a turquoise). I layered it under the green shade from Shiseido YE406 - on the lower lashline and the lid - which made it a smidge brighter. I was aiming for color, and it was very cheerful! I filled out the rest of my face with peachy orange tones - Dior Aurora, MAC Fresh Honey, and Makeup Forever N37 + Revlon Gold Dust on lips. (oh, see that? Layering lipstick and gloss, too!)
My hair likes to photobomb me. Whatever.

This next look combines the other two tasks: layering lipstick and gloss, and using lipstick as blush. Bottom line? Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Cleopatra makes a really good blush. Creamy and easy to apply, and it lasted all day as a lovely fuchsia flush. Excited to try one of the other Rouge Xpressions in this manner! It's like one of those fancy lip/cheek sticks!
Could have used more eyeliner in this look. Ah, well.

Layered Revlon Super Lustrous Coral Reef gloss over Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Cleopatra on lips; layered Guerlain Sunny Pink* over Cleopatra on cheeks. Sticking to the peach and pink theme, I used Rapunzel Had Extensions on eyes, with just a little bit of Urban Decay Woodstock in the center of the lid. It was a very colorful look, but it was cheerful and I rather liked it.

Well, that's it for this week. (Also, I swear I own more than one scarf, but that happens to be the one I wear when I take photos, I guess.) One more week, and then I get to give all of this "being creative" nonsense a break, ha! 

*won in a brand-hosted giveaway on Twitter
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Wishlist: Basics

wishlist: basics

wishlist: basics by eyeheartit 
Just a quick snapshot of items that I'm currently looking at. They're all "practical" in the sense that they're things that I consider to be basics. I am trying to get on without an eye primer right now, and it has made me realize that I really do prefer wearing shadows over primer. I'm over UDPP, hated Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and liked NARS except for the packaging - LORAC's is next on my list. 

NARS Stylo in Carpates is probably the thing I'll cave to first. I'm trying to use up a cream liner and it simply will not do, and I wear black eye liner every day. So my current appearance is that of a raccoon, which also will not do.

Running out of night eye cream, which brings Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye (what does that mean, by the way? That's not really a name) to the list.

And I like dark lipsticks, which means I need a lip liner. I can't be bothered to get lip liners that match every shade, so I want the Dior Universal Contour lip liner. I've heard raves about it. No more bleeding or feathering lipstick!

Finally, the sorry state of my nails suggests that I might want to get some sort of treatment base coat. The Deborah Lippmann Rehydrating Base Coat is supposed to be a winner.

There you have it. I also want some Sonia Kashuk eye brushes, but I haven't looked into it too much yet. Do you  have a favorite? I haven't bought a piece of makeup since the beginning of the year, mostly because I don't seem to want anything that badly.  I do desperately want to try the NARS Stylo, because I'm tired of SMUDGING, but $27 is putting a pause in my step. And since I've decided that my budget for fun things now includes makeup - rather than allowing a separate budget for beauty/bath - I'm really thinking everything over.

What do you consider to be makeup staples? What's on your wishlist?

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Sunday, December 2, 2012


I tried two more of the editorial looks, because I decided that it was fun and it gives me a chance to USE my makeup (novel idea, that). I tackled the two looks with insane eyeliner, doing the purple one first, wiping off the gloss, adding gold to the lower lashline, and putting on a nude lip combo. Surprisingly efficient, no? Here's the inspiration.
The base makeup was the same as yesterday's post, except that I switched in MAC Fresh Honey mineralize blush for the Tarte bronzer, and I much prefer the MAC blush - less dirty looking.

For the eyes, I used Becca Vicuna and the middle shade of the Tarina Tarantino palette all over the lid and a light dusting under the lower lashline. And then the pale gold shade directly on the fold. Now, prepare yourselves. I used Clinique's gel liner again, along with the angled Tokidoki brush, and WENT TO TOWN. My shape is not quite as flat along the top - it's more of a winged out look - but I couldn't really manage the flat shape and didn't want to botch the whole thing. Also, my liner shape isn't as...big...but again, didn't want to get too ridiculous. Added on some purple-pink lipgloss (MAC Narcissus cremesheen), and voila!
Because not smiling is hard.

Something like that, anyway. And then, to move to the next look, I added gold under the lower lashline (Darling Girl Cosmetics Yule's Angel, topped with Fyrinnae Polar Bear), and replaced the purple lip with a nude lip combo: Revlon Gold Dust layered over Marcelle Enchantment.

Annnnd that is all for now. I'm tired of putting black on the waterline (it gets on my contacts and I'm a big baby) so the next editorial look I try will have to have a CLEAN WATERLINE. Or I'm going to take some artistic license with it.

And then I put on a hat. Because hats are cool. (Bowties are cool. Why yes, we've been watching too much Doctor Who.)
Actually really like this gold under the eyes bit. Gotta do it again.

Okay, I want to see your versions! C'mon guys. DO IT.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Something Like an Editorial Look: Copper + Red Lips

In this week's Thursday Post, I linked a few editorial looks that I wanted to try - and that I wanted Xiao to try. She pulled the aqua look off beautifully, which made me a bit nervous about attempting a look myself. I rarely do editorial looks because 1. I'm lazy, 2. I don't look for many looks (no magazines), 3. I have no skillz, and 4. I'm really lazy. But I've been bored, lately, and feeling a bit blah about makeup, so I decided to give it a go.
The inspiration.
I tried the last look from that post, because I was going to run errands and I thought the Costco people might look at me funny if I ran around with gold stripes under my eyes.

My take is of course, not quite the same, because I have a very different facial structure and I don't have monolids. Still, I had fun putting it all together. I do think this one is a little more wearable - more so if you skip lining the waterline (which I hate doing because it burns and looks so dramatic), so please give it at try!

To recreate the glowing, warm skin, I used my Dior Hydra Tint - it's the dewiest finish I have, and is also a bit warm in shade. I patted on Bobbi Brown's corrector in Peach under my eyes, and then dusted MAC MSFN in Medium all over my face to tone down the shine and also to seal in the undereye makeup. I used Tarte's Hotel Heiress in the hollows of my cheeks, and MAC Whisper of Gilt along the cheekbone.

For the eyes, I prepped with Becca Eye Tint in Vicuna, and Too Faced Lemon Drop Shadow Insurance under the eyes. I patted theBalm's Racy Kacy (Shady Lady Vol. 3) over my lids in a rough half moon shape, putting most of the color on the edges and leaving a gap in the center of the lid. Then I went over it with the copper shade from the Tarina Tarantino Wonderful palette, using a fluffier brush to smooth out the harsh lines. I patted the gold shade from Wonderful onto the center of the lid, at the inner corners, and then took it under the bottom lash line to the outer corner.

With the dark brown shade from the same palette, I blended in the outer edges. I lined with Clinique's gel liner - top lash line, wing, and waterline.

And finished it off with MAC Cherry lipliner and Rouge d'Armani 400, for that glossy, high-shine red lip.

I can't not smile. It's hard. I feel like a fool - and look like a fool. But I gave it my best, guys. :P
Yeah. So there you go. I want to try the gold undereye look next, so maybe when I have some time I'll give that the old college try.

What do you think? Will you try any of those eye looks? 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Trying Something New: A Wantable Box

I was contacted and offered a chance to try a Wantable box*. The idea is that you can create a profile, answering some basic questions about style and physical appearance, and then you get a personalized box. It's not a subscription box - you can just buy one to try out some new brands, or gift it to others. I think the boxes change every season, so you can try it out multiple times if you see sets that you like. They also offer free shipping both ways, which is nice to see.
All of the products in the "Eco-Tones Fire" Wantable box.

I actually got a different assessment when I filled out the questionnaire, but I ended up scrolling through and picking the "Boho Beauty" profile, because it seemed to come with more "natural" products, which generally means more paraben-free options. The website gives you a list of the products that are available in each box, so I was able to look up the websites and ingredient lists. Unfortunately, I thought the MiA BelleZZa blush was paraben-free and it isn't, so I didn't swatch that one for you. The rest of them are, though!
The box comes with a face chart as well as a separate itemized list of products and their retail prices. It also comes with an additional sheet that provides a description of each product and how to use it. I appreciate the detail that went into this - you get information on exactly what is in your box, down to the specific color.
I added up the prices of the individual prices = $84.69. The box is $40, so it is a deal compared to buying each product separately. I will say that I've never heard of some of these brands, but all of them have working, legitimate websites, and of course, I'm not suggesting that I am aware of every awesome brand on the planet. It was nice to see brands I've never heard of before, but it would also have been nice to see more brands that I recognized included, as well.
Lavera Organic Lip Gloss Magic Red #3, Lavera Soft Eyeliner in Brown, Benecos Natural Baked Eyeshadow in Mokka, Swagger Cosmetics Highlighter in Champagne in the Bubble Bath.

I wasn't impressed with the quality of the Benecos baked shadow - it was quite patchy, and even when I used it wet, I had to pack it on to get the pretty rose-gold shade to show up. It does contribute to a natural look, though. The Lavera eyeliner is dark enough in one pass, though it does have to be warmed up a bit before use (breathing on it helps - very high tech). I was surprised by how much I actually liked using brown eyeliner on its own. The Swagger Cosmetics highlighting powder is really lovely, even if it is a loose powder, and I've been using it daily to add a bit of glow to cheekbones as well as on the inner corner of my eyes. I like that it's a white-gold shade. The Lavera lip gloss is really sheer - not really what I expected of "Magic Red #3," but it's organic, if that makes you happy. It smells a bit "organic". Not my favorite.
Ignore that rebellious strand of hair.
This is a FOTD using all of the products (except the blush - I used MAC
Early Morning instead). It actually comes together for a nice, natural look, which is what face chart intends. In that respect, it succeeds.
Other products  used:  Annabelle BB Compact Makeup, MUFE Aqua Brow #25, Bobbi Brown Corrector in
Peach, Smashbox High Definition Concealer in Light
Overall, I'd say that I do like the idea behind the Wantable boxes - a coordinated set of items that you can purchase just once if you'd like, to try out a "new look." However, I did find some of the items in this season's box to be . I'd be interested to see what kind of brands and products they put together in future boxes, though, so I'll keep an eye on the site and their blog.

What do you think of the Wantable concept? Is it "Wantable?"

*Items were sent by PR for review purposes.