28 July, 2015

Face of the Day: Ocean Breeze

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Hi! I'm back from an unexpected hiatus. After finals I got caught up with moving, redesigning the site's layout, and other things so  my blog went to the backseat. I'm still making some tweaks to the layout but for the most part I'm back to posting more regularly now. Today's look was achieved using only Makeup Geek Eyeshadows. I reviewed several shades from the brand recently, they're really good products. Only $6 each, check them out! I really like how this turned out. Ocean Breeze is a great way to wear blue eyeshadow. 

23 July, 2015

LA Splash Smitten LipTint Mousse and LipCouture Liquid Lipsticks

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LA Splash Cosmetics Smitten LipTint Mousse and LipCouture Liquid Lipsticks ($12 each): Luckily, I was able to place a purchase from LA Splash Cosmetics before their factory shockingly burned down. Thankfully no employee was harmed but they are only just getting back on their feet in terms of orders. In case you were interested in making a purchase, here's an overview of the colors I bought. You may have already seen two of them (Ghoulish and Nymph Adora) featured in previous makeup looks. The rest will start to make appearances on the site soon enough. 

22 July, 2015

NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter: Review

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NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter, $6: I bought this after a friend's recommendation. She mentioned that this seemed to resemble one of those taupe-y brown colors that have become very popular. I've seen Butter featured in some "get the Kylie Jenner lipstick look" posts on Pinterest. I don't know how effective it is at simulating a 90's lip, but it has become one of my favorite nude lipsticks. I know it can be a bit of a pain to search for swatches for this particular shade because it's called Butter and NYX also has  an entire range of lipsticks called Butter Lipsticks and Google tends to mix those up. So, I hope this helps!

07 July, 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

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A little heads up: I'm currently on holiday and am trying to clear out any old posts that are left in my drafts. All posts after that will feature larger images which will match the width of this text. So I apologize for any irregularities. Anyhow, I reviewed the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($45) in Diffused Light a year ago (time flies, wth!) and expressed my feelings of discontent with the product. I mentioned that I returned Diffused Light and got Dim Light (the shade I wanted originally) but never posted a full review of the latter. Here it is!

02 July, 2015

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Zodiac

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This purchase was one of the hundreds inspired by Temptalia's reviews. Zodiac is an eyeshadow that looks so enticing in the pan that it's hard not to want to take it home, even if you're not prone to wearing green eyeshadow much. Luckily for some, it comes off as more of a darkened teal. The looks you'll be able to create with Zodiac are more along the lines of sultry smokey eyes rather than in-your-face colorful looks. Nonetheless, the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows have a lot of glitter and light-reflective shifting which make them stand out from other powder eyeshadows. 

30 June, 2015

Sephora Formula X Brushed Metallic Nail Polish in Determined

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I got this nail polish probably over a year ago and I thought it would be the type of product I would very excitedly recommend to you but it's not. I love the concept- a brown/taupe with blue/green duo chrome. Sounds like the nail polish version of MAC Club Eyeshadow. Plus, this formula has a cool flat rubber/matte finish. Sadly, it didn't live up to my expectations.

28 June, 2015

Monochromatic Makeup Look: Nymph Adora

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Monochromatic makeup is very easy to put together. There's no thinking, "does this blush go with this eyeshadow?" All you have to do is apply products that are in the same color family or even shades that are almost indistinguishable from each other. When done with corals and pinks, it can look very summery and fresh. In this look I only used shades of rosy browns and I think it might have ended up looking very 90's. I still love how it turned out. I also love how Nymph Adora goes on. It's one of the newer lipsticks from LA Splash. It's very unfortunate that their factory burned down recently and I hope they can get back on their feet soon.

25 June, 2015

Makeup Geek Pigments: Poker Face and Nightlife

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Quick review: I have two Makeup Geek Pigments ($8) to show you-- Nightlife and Poker Face. Most MUG Pigments have a metallic finish although there are some satins and shimmers. These two shades are very finely milled and they look a bit like foiled eyeshadows on the lid. They do offer some chunkier textures on their website such as their Utopia pigment. One thing that I find incredibly impressive is that Makeup Geek developed their own sifter top. It might not sound like much, but if you've used pigments before you know how messy they are and how obnoxious it is that sifters tend to either dispense zero product or cause all of it to spill out. Kudos, Makeup Geek!