Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Coastal Scents


I created this green look with the Smokey Eye Palette from Coastal Scents. I really love that palette for many reasons, reason #1 being that it's not full of incredibly dark shadows that you would associate with a smokey palette! It does have great smokey grays and blacks but also features several highly pigmented neons. These shadows DO need a primer, for sure, and they last wonderfully with a hint of Primer Potion by Urban Decay, if you are in need of suggestions. Aside from the Palette, I lined my lids with Wet n' Wild mega liquid liner in 863 Turquoise on the top and Ulta black pencil liner on my bottom waterline. I also used double extend beauty tubes mascara, which I highly recommend. 

Green and Gray were the most commonly used colors, however, I did use a bit of yellow and white   as well. The whole look took about 10 minutes, including MAC foundation and Powder and NYC lipstick in Narcissus! Can't beat that! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sugarpill Cosmetics


I haven't posted a bright, funky, fun eye design for quite some time so here you go!
I am a huge HUGE fan of Sugarpill. Their eye shadows and loose pigments are awesome and long lasting, not to mention come in colors that are hard to find.

 I used Goldilux, Dollipop and Afterparty to create this look, all colors are about $12 a pop and can be purchased here

 I also used MAC studio fix fluid in NC15 paired with mac mineral loose powder in Light!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Flawless Face

My apologies, it has been way too long since I last posted. Good news is that during that time I have managed to acquire more products to review for you fine folks :)
First up
Clearasil Daily Clear Daily Facial Wash

I have always been able to count on Clearasil, from awful breakouts to tiny red blemishes; they have always done the trick. I was using Clearasil Ultra for a while last summer, but once the winter set in, it was far too drying for my skin. I then switched to Purity, Cetaphil and a few others but none of them have done what Clearasil did for me! The left side of my face decided about a month ago that it was going to breakout, I tried every product under the sun paired with my Clarisonic and nothing worked. Finally, on Monday I tried the new updated formula for Clearasil and TADA! My face is back to normal! Also, it is great at taking makeup off!

Second up
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Spf 15

I freaking love MAC cosmetics. I was on an Avon foundation kick for a while but my skin is way too fussy for many of their foundations. I also tried Revlon Photoready foundation and a Cover Girl foundation, both were nice but didn't hold for as long as I'd like. Studio Fix Fluid has a great consistency, it's not cakey or mud like, but more "fluid" such as the name! It does a great job of covering up uneven skin without leaving a bold mask of color. WARNING: If you decide to try this foundation make the cosmetologist do a color pairing. 2 artists looked at me and said "NW 15, for sure" ... I purchased, wore for a while and then noticed I was looking a little too tan... luckily I didn't have the dreaded line. Let me tell you, there is a BIG difference between the NW15 and the NC15 that I was given when I went back for a color pairing!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

------> Straight as an arrow, Clean as a whistle ------>

Remington T Studio 2" Ceramic Pearl 
Pro Wide Flat Iron

 This iron was meant for me. I saw it this morning at Kohl's where it was being sold for $50. I usually use a Chi which is upwards of $100, so I couldn't justify spending $50 on an iron that wasn't mean for salons. My hair is getting longer and the only reason I've been considering a new straightener is because I'd like one with wider plates. I have kinky curly hair that needs powerful heat to flatten so I couldn't really risk spending that much money. I placed it back on the shelf and left to go to target, where this baby was on sale for $30! That's more like it! I googled it to see reviews and to make sure it wouldn't be a total waste of money. To my delight it had received 4 stars and up, in the basket it went. I just used it and it took half the time as my 1" straightener, plus it took about 15 seconds to heat up! It's lightweight and has an auto turn off feature, which is great for flighty people like me! I give this baby 2 thumbs up!

Cetaphil is another new found love. My face began breaking out about a month after I started using Purity by Philosophy. Could have been my diet, or the fact that its been humid and sticky lately, but I decided to give this stuff a go after reading such great reviews. I use it with my Clarisonic and it does a great job of getting all the makeup residue off of my face and leaves it feeling clean. Usually soaps for  "normal to oily skin" are super drying and leave me searching for my moisturizer as soon as I get out of the shower, not the case with this stuff! I recommend if you are a looking for a new face wash.