Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Soft Orchid

Here's a quick post with a look from last week.  I don't recall the complete breakdown of products that I used, but I can definitely remember some of the key ones!

For base, I used Smashbox CC Cream in Fair.  The blush is Illamasqua Morale with Armani Belladonna palette as highlight.

On my eyes, I started with Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Orchid.  Then I layered on a bit of Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Impulsion (inner corner).  I used Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Diapason to darker the crease and outer corner.  Then some Stila Bliss to blend out the crease.  I added a bit of the dark charcoal shadow from the Chante Wild Horses palette to my outer corner.  And I smudged UD Psychedelic Sister eyeliner pencil into the lash lines.  I used a pastel purple Korres pencil on my waterline.

I just have some Hourglass lip oil on my lips.  Geez, they look so blotchy to me like this.  It's odd how I'm so aware of the uneven tone in photographs but don't seem to notice it in the mirror.

I got a few compliments on my eyes, so I wouldn't mind recreating this exact look or a similar one soon!  I mean.  PURPLE.  Always so good.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 10, 2014


Tarte BB Primer Fair
Wet 'N Wild Coverall Cream Fair
By Terry Touche Volutee Porcelain
Nars Light Reflecting Powder Loose
Guerlain Perles du Paradis

Illamasqua Hollow cream pigment
Tarte Elevated blush
Laura Mercier Baked Highlight 01

Wet 'N Wild Fergie eye primer
Tarte Pink Outside the Box e/s (inner corner)
Tarte View From the Taupe e/s (lid)
Tarte Rose to the Occasion e/s (crease)
Tarte Two Plums Up e/s (outer "v")
Tarte Dream in Chocolate powder e/l
UD Yeyo e/l pencil (waterline)
Stila Stay All Day black pen liner (tight line)
L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara Black Brown
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Ash Blonde/Taupe
Perfekt clear brow gel

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 19 Fuchia in Rage

So here's me with a matte eye!  You don't see that every day.  I was impressed with this Tarte Mattenificent palette, so I basically had to have it.  I really like the colors in it as well as the quality of pigmentation and ease in blending.  I've also been using powder liner a lot lately, so I dig the rich powder liners in the palette.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème Porcelain

Last night I Google searched to see if anyone had swatched or worn the new BECCA Ultimate Coverage foundation, specifically in Porcelain, of course.  I found nothing.  So I thought I would do my good deed of adding a little review on it.

Let me first apologize for less than awesome pictures taken in haste as I was rushing out the door. Secondly, I have to apologize for my messy hurrs and my forehead rash.  Umm.  Okay, that's enough apologizing for now!!

You can see that the foundation does have pretty good coverage.  Not enough to fully hide my rash or cover every single freckle or blemish.  But still, pretty darn good.  I was in such a hurry by the time I put my foundation on that I didn't even bother to spot conceal, save for a bit of Clinique Airbrush under the eyes.

I applied the foundation using my Make Up For Ever 108 brush.  I immediately noticed that it has a rather thick, almost sticky texture.  It really did not glide on easily.  My cheeks looked kind of awful after the brush application (every pore looking much worse than normal) so I took my finger tips and quickly patted and tapped over those areas, which thankfully seemed to help quite a lot.  I'm speculating that had I used my Beauty Blender, I would not have run into that problem.  Also, it's worth noting that I did not build up the coverage much at all.  I just put down as even of a base layer as I could.  I do not enjoy super full coverage, so I didn't even think about trying for it.

I set it with Nars Light Reflecting Loose.  The finish on its own is pretty matte, at least on me.  It did not feel heavy or noticeable at all on my skin, which is always awesome with fuller coverage formulas.

Color-wise, this Porcelain by BECCA is by far the best match for me of the BECCA Porcelains that I have tried (Radiant and Mineral but not Matte).  I dare say it matches my skin tone about perfectly.  It did not oxide on me.  I find the color to be relatively neutral and even a little peachy, to my eye.

And now for the part that is really the most important of all to me.  The wear.  I got complimented by a client who asked me what foundation I was wearing, so that's a good start!  But that was pretty early on in my day.  By the time I took my break, I noticed, much to my dismay, some signs of crap wear just around my nose.  It had been on for five hours.  I was able to blot my nose and gently apply some LM Smooth powder foundation to the areas that looked worn, which helped very much.  When I checked again at nine hours in, it looked a little broken down around my nose, yet again, only about half as bad as the first time.  It was an odd breakdown for me because it looked dry and a little shiny all at the same time.  Curses on my nose.

What else?  It did not feel moisturizing or drying in any way.  When I removed my makeup at the 12 hour mark, it was looking a bit dry and just slightly patchy on several areas of my face (cheeks and jawline for sure).  Overall, nothing too scary, though.

I think it's safe to say that this is probably not going to be a new favorite for me.  I'm too easily annoyed by my nose doing naughty things to foundations.  I would like to play around with it a bit more, though, to see if I can get a better result with different skincare products underneath, different primer, and/or different application methods.  I am for sure pleasantly surprised by the awesomely near perfect color and the really ample coverage.  I really didn't enjoy the application today, though.  I sort of felt like I was trying to apply glue.  I would say that the wear was average to slightly above average for me, overall.

Would you like this foundation?  Maybe!  It's worth a try.  If you have texture issues or don't do well with finicky application, then you can probably skip this.  Also, if you have dry or very dry skin, I can't imagine it being a good pairing.  If you do try it, let me know what you think.

If you are wondering about anything else on my face, I'll give you a quick and dirty breakdown!  Cheeks -  Illamasqua Naked Rose and Laura Mercier Baked Highlight 01; Lips - Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Walk of Shame; Eyes - black kohl pencil, Fyrinnae Purgatory, RBR Sweet Dust Seriema, and MUG Shimma Shimma.

The Naked lipgloss basically tastes and smells like nothing, but not exactly nothing.  It reminds me of plastic and chemicals or something, if you can imagine.  It doesn't linger, though, thankfully.  It's a very smooth formula, not drying, but not terribly long lasting (needs to be reapplied about every two hours).

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Winter Wonderland

Smashbox More Than Primer
KGD Aqua PK-0
BareMinerals Stroke of Light Luminous 1
Nars LRP Loose

MAC Full of Joy
Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Winter Wonderland swirly luminizer

WnW Fergie eye primer
all eyeshadows from Sephora Winter Wonderland palette
UD Perversion e/l under smudged e/s (uppers)
UD Uzi e/l - waterline
UD 1999 e/l under smudged e/s (lowers)
Stila Stay All Day pen liner (tight line)
MUFE Smoky Extravagant
Blinc Amplified (lowers)
Anastasia brow powder duo Ash Blonde

Too Faced Smurf gloss!  (seriously old, but I seriously love that thing)

Let me know if you have questions about the eyeshadows or anything else!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lots of Laura and a Little Dita

The above picture is just for funsies, to show how truly asymmetrical my eyes and brows are!

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer Fair
BareMinerals Stroke of Light Luminous 1 (under eye)
Nars Light Reflecting Powder Loose (under eye)
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Powder Foundation #2

Dior Aurora 01 bronzer (I'm running dangerously low on this much loved staple!)
Shu Uemura Glow On Blush Soft Pink 324
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Highlight 01

Wet 'N Wild Fergie Eye primer
Laura Mercier Artist's Palette -
Sparkling Dew (brow bone)
Vanilla Nuts (inner corner/crease)
Fresco (crease)
Guava (lid)
Too Faced Midnight e/s from Matte palette (cut crease with angled liner brush)
Laura Mercier black cake liner
Enter Pronoun black liner pen over top of cake liner
Stila Stay All Day black liner pen (for tight line)
Laura Mercier Twilight Caviar Stick (lowers)
UD Midnight Cowboy e/l pencil (inner lowers)
Hourglass Arch Soft Brunette (for tails)
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Ash Blonde/Taupe (lighter side)
Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant <3
Blinc Kiss Me Amplified (lowers)

Artdeco Dita Von Teese No. 637 lipstick

I'm trying to conquer the winged liner.  Lately I've been lightly sketching out the trajectory of just my end wing portion using a little brush and some powder eyeshadow prior to applying the liner.  That seems to be helping me a lot!  I still have so much room to improve, though.  Today I tried using a cake liner and a small traditional pointy liner brush.  It went well enough, but I struggled to keep the line smooth across the center of my lid.  Also, I worried that the cake liner mixed with water would not last all day for me, which is why I topped it with a pen liner.  I'm assuming not all cake liners are created equal.  And that some just might need to be mixed with a sealing gel for maximum longevity and smear prevention!  Also, I'm really just working out what my favorite type of liner is going to be for the iconic black winged liner look.  I tried Bobbi Brown's gel liner the other day but was definitely not wow-ed.

The cut crease is a new-to-me look.  I don't hate it, but I feel awkward in it.  I am not certain that it's suited to my eye shape.  I plan on tweaking it to see if I can come up with a more flattering version!  I've decided that I like using just a powder shadow with an angled liner brush instead of pencil liner first with shaded shadow over top.  I would maybe go with a pencil, though, for a really dramatic one.  I just find it tough to blend out the pencil nicely.

That was a lot of rambling and obsessing from me.  The only other thing I'm going to say about this is that 1) I think I love the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Powder Foundation 2) I was really hot and flushed in these pictures and 3) I prefer looks that require less geometry and need for precision/perfection!

Dana, thank you SO very much for the goodies that you sent me!!  <3

Monday, October 21, 2013

Dubstep Remix

Armani Fluid Master Primer
Koh Gen Doh Aqua PK-0 mixed with Ardency Inn Americana Fair Pink
BareMinerals Stroke of Light Luminous 1 (under eye)
Nars Light Reflecting Powder Loose
Guerlain Meteorites Perles du Paradis <3

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Highlight 01
Dior Rosy Glow

Wet 'N Wild Fergie eye primer
UD Shellshock
UD Dope
UD Voodoo
UD Coax
UD Lovesick
Tokidoki e/l pencil Mozzarella
Stila Stay All Day black pen liner
UD e/l pencil Psychedelic Sister
MUFE Smoky Extravagant
Blinc Kiss Me Amplified
MUFE Aqua Cream #7 (brows)

Ardency Inn Modster Lip Vinyl Dubstep Remix
Tarte Lip Luster Adored

This was fun.  Seriously.  I'm sorry if I look hot and overly pink.  I was definitely warm when I took the pictures this morning.  Also, my hair is looking shabby!  I've been using my Urban Decay Vice 2 palette quite a bit lately.  I like it!  There are a few colors I still haven't touched yet, but overall I am having a good time with that palette.

This particular base mix did well until about hour nine, then it turned into total chaos on and around my nose.  It probably didn't help that I was on fire super duper hot right about then!  I still love the coverage of the Americana concentrate but I'm not sure I like how finicky it is.  Or maybe I'm expecting too much from my flawless full coverage base to last past eight or nine hours.  I've always had trouble with full coverage foundations.

I have some older looks from last week that I still need to post!  Hopefully I can do that soon.  :)  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Ellis Faas Bright Red

Smashbox More Than Primer
MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW10
Illamasqua Concealer 115 (spots)
BareMinerals Stroke of Light Luminous 1 (under eye)
Nars Light Reflecting Powder Loose

Dior Aurora 01
Tarte AC Flush
Tokidoki Luminosa

Tarte eye primer
Too Faced Natural Eye Palette -
Silk Teddy (lid and inner corner)
Velvet Revolver (through and above crease)
Push-Up (crease and outer corner)
Sexspresso (to darken crease)
Lorac Undercover e/s (brow bone)
UD Rockstar e/l pencil
UD Midnight Cowboy e/l pencil
Stila Stay All Day black pen liner (tight line)
Hourglass Arch Soft Brunette
Dior Iconic Overcurl
Blinc Amplified (lowers)

Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L103 Bright Red

I realize that I've titled this post after the lipstick, but I actually don't have a ton to say about it since I didn't wear it for very long today.  I was really having a hard time decided what color lip I wanted and I ultimately felt that the warm red was somehow too clashy with the other colors on my face (although, I have to say that the pictures turned out better than I expected!).  I switched over to Givenchy Le Rouge in Brun Createur.  However, I can and will tell you that I'm not a huge fan of the odd little sponge tipped applicator.  I don't mind that type of applicator for a gloss or even a sheer color, but with such a pigmented color as this, it proves to be quite tricky and even messy!  The texture of the lipstick is very nice and reminds me of Armani Lip Maestros.  It's light and comfortable and has a slight silicone-y feel to it.  The lipstick has a glossy finish, but I can't be certain if that would have stayed around or not.

Today I used my new MUFE foundation brush and I am really pleased with it!  It's the Large 108 brush.  I've used it with various liquids and powders on clients, but have only used it on myself twice now.  I really love it.  It's fantastic!  I'm very happy to have several brushes from their new line and would highly recommend them.

Thanks for stopping by!