Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lost in Limbo - Halloween Look

Meet Genevieve, a young, and beautiful woman that lived in NYC during the 1930's. She lived the life of her dreams and had everything she ever wanted - until one dark and dreary, stormy night. Genevieve and her boyfriend Grant were spending a Friday night together in their lavish, high-rise apartment. They had just gotten home from a night out on the town. They both had maybe one or two drinks too many, and were full of life, laughter and love. Grant had been wanting to propose to Genevieve for quite some time and even though they were both drunk, he felt so alive and happy that he felt the time was perfect. He glanced over at Genevieve who was walking towards the balcony. She was beautiful with fair skin, blonde curly hair and had piercing blue eyes. At this same moment, Genevieve slowly turned around, stumbling a bit, and gave Grant a smile. He was tall, dark haired and had eyes so brown they'd warm up even the coldest of nights. She loved him so much. They were dressed to the nines, and life couldn't get better. 
She invited Grant to join her out on their balcony. She loved gazing at the New York City skyline. She would tell Grant that the reason she loved New York City at night so much was because the twinkling lights of the city reminded her of the stars. She would tell him that it were as if the stars in the night sky were here on earth, just for the two of them and that it was simply magical to her. It also reminded her of the twinkle in his eyes. It was cold and wet, so she snuggled up to his chest. Grant knew this was his chance. He got down on own knee, presented her with a bouquet of roses that he was hiding under his coat, and replayed the night that they met five years prior at Coney Island. Her eyes filled up with tears of joy, and after he asked the long awaited question, she exclaimed, "Yes"! They hugged and kissed like they never did before. She paused for a moment to take the gorgeous, twinkling skyline and looked down at her new ring that had that same, dazzling sparkle.
She was feeling daring and sat on the edge of the balcony to absorb all of the beauty and magic of this moment. She held the roses up to her nose and took a deep whiff of the fragrant flowers. Suddenly, the wind started to pick up and it seemed like it dropped 50 degrees.The rain became torrential, and the clouds became thicker. Grant was trying to get Genevieve to come inside, but she wanted one last glance at the brilliant, wet skyline. Without warning, a huge lightning strike hit the building across from them and stunned Grant so badly that by the time he gained his composure, it was too late. Genevieve lost her balance and plunged to her demise. 
Genevieve is now stuck and lost in limbo, unaware of what happened to her, Grant and that unforgettable night.



FACE AND BODY:
  • Clinque Stay Matte Foundation in Linen #1
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Tako (matte white) used as a setting powder to get a pale, ghostly finish. I prefer using this method rather than using a stark white face paint/foundation because it gives a more realistic look and it photographs a lot better
  • Too Faced eyeshadows in Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso and a little bit of Sugarpill's eyeshadow in Bulletproof to contour nose, cheeks, forehead, cupid's bow and underneath chin 
  • Spirit No-Smudge Face Paint in Black on fingers


EYES:
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk all over top and bottom lids as a base
  • Sugarpill eyeshadows in Tako and Diamonds Eyes on top and bottom lids, inner corners and brow bone
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Bulletproof and Too Faced eyeshadows in Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso in crease, inner corners, inner brow bone, lower lids and outer corners
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Nooner mixed with Sugarpill eyeshadow in Love+ blended around the eyes 
  • Spirit No-Smudge Face Paint in White applied on brows and lashes with a small brush
  • Spirit Demon Blood


LIPS:
  • Wet N Wild Lipstick in Black Cherry patted on center of lips
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Bulletproof patted on center of lips


WIG:
  • "Lost Soul" Wig from Target


ACCESSORIES:
  • Hair piece from Savers Thrift Store
  • Black roses from The Dollar Tree
Was that story heartbreaking or what? I just HAD to come up with a backstory for this Halloween look. The tears of blood were added last minute before I washed this off and it took the creepiness level way up! I really enjoyed putting this look together and I loved the turnout. It has to be my favorite Halloween look I've done so far. 

I was inspired by the name of the wig, "Lost Soul" and the makeup in this photo:


I really hope you guys liked this creepy Halloween look! If you decide to do this for Halloween, please let me know and share your photos with me! I'd love to see them.

Take care and Happy Halloween!





Friday, October 10, 2014

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Collection Palette Review + Look

The much anticipated Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Collection palette is finally here! If you loved Sugarpill's last palette, Cold Chemistry (check out my review and look here), then you'll love this one as well. The style of this palette is quite the opposite of Cold Chemistry with it's cute, pastel-ribbon-kitten-sparkly packaging, and it's all around adorable and gorgeous! You get a nice array of unique, candy-like colors that are smooth, pigmented and beautiful - just what you expect from Sugarpill!

When I was done with this look, it reminded me of a colorful, modern twist of 60's eye makeup, which I think looks pretty neat, especially with a light color in the crease instead of a darker shade. It gives its a nice, unique twist.

FACE:
  • Clinique Stay Matte Foundation in #1 Linen
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Light

EYES:
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk all over top and bottom lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Kitten Parade on inner half of top lids and under inner brow bone
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Hotsy Totsy on outer of lids and inner bottom lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in CandyCrush in crease, inner corners and waterline 
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Poison Plum on inner corners, above crease, and outer lower lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Frostine on inner bottom lids and brow bone to blend out Hotsy Totsy 
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Strange on browbone 
  • NYC Liquid Liner in Black 
  • Sugarpill Lashes in Spark 

CHEEKS:
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Kitten Parade 

LIPS:
  • Makeup Geek Lipstick in Shy with Kitten Parade patted on top

First off, please excuse these photos; my camera was acting up and I had to photograph the palette with my iPhone. Hopefully they're decent!

How adorable is the design on the inside of Sugarpill's shipping boxes? Cute in every way!

The palette comes packaged in a sleek and compact cardboard palette with a matching sleeve.

Seriously, how freakin' adorable is the design of this palette? I love it oh so much! Especially the bow ;)

Inside the palette, you get four full-sized eyeshadows and a nice sized mirror. The mirror isn't hinged so you'd have to prop it up against something or hold it if you want to use it to apply your makeup.

Kitten Parade is a super shimmery, peachy-coral shade with a beautiful golden sheen. This also works great as a blush and/or cheek highlight! This is the sheerest of the bunch, but is buildable especially with a white base.

Frostine is a frosty, pastel lavender that has a satin finish. This is the least shimmery of the four shadows and has a slight blue sheen to it.

CandyCrush is a super shimmery, pearly, light minty green-blue. 

Hotsy Totsy is my favorite shade in this collection! It's a bright magenta color with iridescent sparkles that can also be used as a blush.

From left to right: Kitten Parade, Frostine, CandyCrush and Hotsy Totsy - swatched on bare skin.
Overall, this palette is a must have for any Sugarpill or color fan. You get great quality eyeshadows and a nice variety of shades that can work together, on their own or with other shadows. A couple of these eyeshadows also double as cheek products, so that's another plus! You can always count on Sugarpill for bright, colorful and pigmented makeup that is of high quality. Their pigmentation is seriously amazing and they're so smooth and long-lasting. There's a reason why they're loved by so many! The Sparkle Baby palette is currently priced at $34. The shadows are also sold individually for $12 (you save $12 buying the palette and it's like getting one for free, wee!). Check out www.sugarpillshop.com if you're interested and also check out what else they have to offer!

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and look! I sure had fun playing with these gorgeous shadows and putting this look together for you guys.

Take care!



Friday, October 3, 2014

Glamorous Grunge

If you're into trends at all, I'm pretty sure you've seen grunge making a comeback. If you frequent tumblr like I do, you've maybe even seen the "soft grunge" look going around. I wanted to take a similar, yet different approach to the infamous 90's look, a "glamorous grunge". I know it's a bit of an oxymoron, but the juxtaposition of glam and grunge somehow work harmoniously together to create an amazing, head-turning look. This makeup is great for the colder months and I just love the combo of the deep reds and cool grays and silvers.




FACE:
  • Clinique Stay Matte Foundation in #1 Linen
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Light

EYES:
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean all over top and bottom lids as a base
  • Kiss My Sass eyeshadow in Charcoal all over top lids and outer half of bottom lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Bulletproof on top and bottom outer corners and crease 
  • Sugarpill eyeshadows in Love+ and Poison Plum mixed together to create a deep, burgundy red applied and blended above crease, around the eye and lower lids
  • Sugrapill eyeshadow in Flamepoint blended around Love+ and Poison Plum very lightly
  • Sephora Glitter Liner in Silver on inner bottom lids with Glamour Doll Eyes glitter in Silver patted on top
  • NYC Liquid Liner in Black
  • Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Poison on waterline with Love+ patted on top to set it in place
  • Sugarpill lashes in Sinnocent 

CHEEKS:
  • Makeup Geek Blush in Bliss

LIPS:
  • Revlon Black Cherry Lipstick
I really hope you guys enjoyed this look! As much as I like bright and colorful looks, I'll always be a dark and smokey eyes kinda gal! Take care, and I hope you're enjoying Autumn (or Spring if you're in the Southern hemisphere)!

XO,


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Smile Brilliant - Professional Quality Teeth Whitening System Review and Giveaway!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Smile Brilliant and they asked me if I would be interested in trying their at home teeth whitening system. I have always been curious about whitening my teeth, but I shied away for various reasons: cost, teeth sensitivity and uneven whitening. I looked at Smile Brilliant's website and saw that they use the same professional products that dentists use, and you also make an impression of your teeth to get your very own custom set of whitening trays that fit your teeth like a glove all for a fraction of the cost of getting your teeth whitened at the dentist. I thought that was amazing, so I went ahead and decided to review it for you guys!


 

Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) and/or website(s) for potential review and/or use. For more information, please read my DISCLAIMER.

Now, I don't have particularly yellow teeth per say, but I do enjoy drinking tea, coffee and soda which can lead to staining. My problem teeth are my incisors, which tend to be the teeth with the most yellowness/staining. I also have a tiny bit of staining in between certain teeth. I was a little hesitant to try this product out at first because I know that teeth whitening products are notorious for making teeth sensitive, and my teeth are already sensitive to begin with. But I was pleased when I found out that Smile Brilliant offers a desensitizing gel that you apply before whitening that helps reduce sensitivity.

When the kit arrived, I was instantly impressed by the sleek and well put together packaging. Everything is neatly laid out and easy to figure out.


This is what you get when you first get the kit:

-2 impression trays 
-Impression material
-3 whitening gel syringes (you can get 3 desensitizing gel syringes for an extra $19.95)
-Prepaid 3-way postage
-2 year teeth whitening tray replacement warranty
-Detailed instructional brochure
-30 day satisfaction guarantee

Preparation:

Make sure your teeth are thoroughly brushed and flossed to get the best impression results. After you've done that, take one of each of the impression materials, Catalyst Paste and Base Paste and blend it with your fingers thoroughly until there is no more white visible (no more than 90 seconds) and it turns into a light blue shade.


After that, quickly apply the mixture evenly on one of the impression trays. 


Apply firm, even pressure onto the impression material and tray. There is no need to bite down, just firmly press onto your teeth. Keep a towel handy because you will probably drool during this step. Hold the tray in place for 2 minutes and gently remove the tray from your teeth. Repeat the same steps for your bottom teeth. If your impression came out looking a little funky, you're in luck. Smile Brilliant sends you 3 sets of impression material just in case you mess up like I did!


After your impressions are done, leave them in their trays, let them sit for about ten minutes, rinse them with cool water, let them dry and harden and they are ready to be shipped out to get your very own custom trays! All you have to do is put them in the prepaid package, and send them on their way. A lab technician will hand craft your custom trays and in about a week, you should receive your trays and start the whitening process!


When you get your package in about a week, you will get your set of custom fitted trays and a carrying case. Since I am reviewing the product, I got sent my plaster molds too (I was informed that they don't send those out to customers, just thought I should let you all know that) which was super cool to look at.

 
 

The trays are clear, bendable and flexible and they fit great.

 

I want to display this in my room. It's so cool!


If you ordered the desensitizing gel, brush and floss your teeth before application. Apply a thin strip of product from the syringe onto the trays and apply to your teeth. Leave it on for about 30 minutes to an hour depending on how sensitive your teeth are. After you've done that, brush and floss your teeth again to get rid of the remaining desensitizing gel and wash and dry your trays. 

To begin whitening your teeth, apply a dot of product on each tooth impression towards the outer edge. Try not to apply too much or else it will ooze out when you have your trays on. You can leave them on for as little as 45 minutes or as long as 3 hours. I left mine on for 45 minutes a session. Make sure to brush your teeth again after each whitening session. Since I have sensitive teeth, I whitened mine every other day for about 2 weeks. 

 

The syringes are easily distinguishable by their handle colors. The desensitizing gel has a purple handle and the whitening gel has a green handle. You get about 2 or 3 uses with each syringe depending on how much product you use.

Even with the desensitizing gel, I did experience some sensitivity after whitening, especially with cold food and drinks, but it would typically only last a few hours. The whitening gel did irritate my gums a bit, but it was not unbearable. Here are my results:


It's not drastic, but you can definitely see a difference! I can only imagine how much whiter they would be if I did it every day and for longer periods of time! I'm totally pleased with my results. The entire process was easy, convenient and it saves you a bunch of money!

Overall, I am very pleased with the ease of use of the kit, and the results are awesome. If you are in the market for a teeth whitening kit, please consider Smile Brilliant! The quality is great, it works, and their customer service team is great as well! 

Big thanks to Smile Brilliant for letting me review this kit and for hosting the giveaway!


If you are interested in trying this kit, check out www.SmileBrilliant.com. The kits start at $119.95 (that's a bargain compared to paying $500 plus at the dentist).

Or if you're feeling lucky, enter my giveaway below for your chance to win your very own Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening kit! You must be at least 18 years old or older to enter and one entry per household only please. Also, please make sure you read the terms and conditions at the bottom of the giveaway widget. Open internationally (if the winner happens to be international, they must pay for the shipping of the impressions)! GOOD LUCK!

XO,

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