Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Everlasting Eccentricity - A Look (and review) for Elessa Jade Collection for Pursebuzz

Hey guys and gals! I have a super special look and review for you all today! The super sweet, gorgeous and all-around awesome Elessa from PurseBuzz.com contacted me not too long ago and asked me if I wanted to review her jewelry line. I said yes for many reasons - she has an amazing blog, loves makeup, makes great and informative YouTube videos, and she is just as obsessed with bows as I am...we're long lost besties!


So in order to tie everything together, I decided to create a look inspired by all the lovely things Elessa sent me. I thought of fun, cute, girly and edgy, and this was the result:



FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • MAC Studio Fix in N4

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow in Empress (wet)
  • Lise Watier Glitter Liner in Peacock over Empress
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Raspberry (wet)
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Pure White
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy
  • Rimmel WOW Lash Mascara
  • Spikey Halloween Lashes
CHEEKS:
  • MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty
  • Victoria Jackson Shimmer Powder in Baby Doll Pink as highlight

LIPS:
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop
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Keep on reading for the review and product shots!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Whispering Woods - A Glamour Doll Eyes Look & Review



Imagine yourself taking a midnight stroll through the dark and enticing woods on a crisp, refreshing night...you see the moonlight glistening on your skin, and feel the gentle wind whisper in your ear while it lightly caresses your senses. It's the kind of chilling sensation that is unforgettable . It's an enchanting moment that inspired this mysterious and romantic look:

FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder in N4

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Glamour Doll Eyeshadow in Trend Setter
  • Glamour Doll Eyeshadow in Hello Brooklyn
  • Glamour Doll Eyeshadow in Tattooed
  • NYX Eyeshadow in Black
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Wow Lash Mascara
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Pure White
  • Love and Beauty Glitter Liner in Purple
  • Love and Beauty Lashes

CHEEKS:
  • NARS Blush in Amour

LIPS:
  • ELF Lipstick in Classy
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Click on "READ MORE" to see swatches and my review for Glamour Doll Eyes!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Broken Hearts Parade

Oh. St. Valentine's Day...we either love it, or hate it. I'm a definite lover, only because I'm married and I have an excuse to devour chocolate...I for one, never really hated Valentine's day. I've always loved the decorations, candy, and just expressing love in general. It is an extremely commercial holiday though. I believe we should be able to express our love for our significant others everyday of the year.


So, I created this anti-Valentines Day look for all of you that want to tell Cupid to SUCK IT. I wanted this look to scream, "I really don't give a f**k about chocolate or conversation hearts, and I don't need love to be happy!". Yeah, something like that. This is definitely bold and bright, with tons of glitter and an intense crease. Wear this to a club, or anti V-day party, and flaunt your angst!






FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light 10
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder in N4

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Glamour Doll Eye Lights in Fierce
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Love Potion #9
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Raspberry
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Black
  • Wet N Wild Matte White shadow 
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Pure White
  • Fantasy Makers Wet N WIld Glitter in Glitz
  • Almay One Coat Dial Up Mascara
  • Fright Night Lashes in Mesmerizing

CHEEKS:
  • Bare Minerals Blush in Frisky

LIPS:
  • Lime Crime Lipstick in Coquette
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop

I really hope you guys liked this crazy, intense look! No matter how you celebrate Valentine's day, I hope you spend it anyway you'd like, and don't let cupid get you down...I took care of him for you:


;)

Also, check out my look's alter-ego created by the one and only Meredith Jessica from Pigments and Palettes! Just click the picture to go to the blog post. Simply breath-taking:



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Friday, January 20, 2012

Dream Catcher

Hello, lovers! :)

So I was in laying in bed the other day and was staring at the dream catcher that my dad gave me a few years ago. Not only is it pretty to look at, but it makes me think of the warm months ahead and it also inspired this look! Appropriate for most skin and eye colors, and I think can be worn as day look if it's toned down a bit. The cool teal/turquoise hues and the warm copper crease play off each other perfectly and ties it all together. In case you're wondering what a dream catchers is:


"Dream catchers of twigs, sinew, and feathers have been woven since ancient times by Ojibwa people. They were woven by the grandfathers and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the cradleboard to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams. The night air is filled with dreams. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers. The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew."


FACE:
  • Cover Girl Natureluxe Foundation in Flax
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light 10
  • ELF HD Translucent Powder

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackout all over lid
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Smog in crease
  • BH Cosmetics 120 Eyeshadow Palette 2nd Edition, Matte copper shade in crease
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy on brow bone
  • BFTE Eyeshadow in Illusion
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Pencil in Pure White
  • Almay One Coat Dial Mascara in Black
  • Love & Beauty Lashes

CHEEKS:
  • Hard Candy Fox in a Box in Spicy & Sweet
  • NYC Matte Bronzer in Sunny

LIPS:
  • Loreal Endless Lipcolor in In the Buff
  • ELF Glossy Gloss in Dragon Fruit

There you have it! I really hope you all like this look and that you will try it out! If you do, please share the photos with me, I LOVE seeing your recreations :)

Stay warm, happy, healthy and have a kick-ass weekend!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mila Kunis 2012 Golden Globes Inspired Look

Hi again, I hope you all had a great weekend! If you're like me, I mainly watch award shows to gawk at the gorgeous celebs, drool over the amazing gowns, and of course, admire and study their makeup!

There were many gorgeous looks this year, and I noticed that most of the female celebs leaned towards simple, natural, yet slightly dramatic looks. 

My favorite this year was hands down, Mila Kunis'. She never fails to look elegant and sophisticated...but what I love the most about her makeup, is that she always has an edgy feel to it. It's never just "simple". Her makeup artist, Tracey Levy for Dior said, "I was inspired by the dress to create a fresh, sophisticated look with a lot of sex appeal".


This year, she rocked a natural and soft eye with a twist - a dark, navy blue liner. I instantly fell in love with this look and immediately wanted to recreate it, with my own touches of course. I think this look is perfect for Valentine's day, or even a first date. It still has that sweet and innocent feel to it, but then the surprise blue liner gives it a fun and interesting spin.


Ahhh, her dress is stunning! WANT.

FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light 10
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder in N4

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette (Virgin on tear duct, Sin on lids, Naked and Buck on crease and lower lash line with a bit of Darkhorse)
  • Urban Decay Naked2 Palette (Pistol & Verve blended with Sin on lids, Foxy on brow bone)
  • Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner in Black
  • Wet N Wild Navy Blue shadow over black liner
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Pure White
  • Rimmel Extra Wow Mascara in Extreme Black
  • Halloween Lashes (forgot the name, sorry!)

CHEEKS:
  • NARS Blush in Amour
  • NYC Bronzer in Sunny

LIPS:
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Born With It
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Mila's makeup artist used all Dior products on her: 

Skin: Diorskin Nude Foundation #030 and #040 mixed with Diorskin Forever Foundation 030
Eyes: Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow in Garden Pastels #441, Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow in Navy Design #208 (along the lashline), Diorshow Iconic Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black
Lips: Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm and Dior Rouge Serum in Sweet Pink Crystal #645
Cheeks: Diorblush in Passion Fruit #533 and Dior Bronze Original Tan in Healthy Tan #001


I really hope you all liked my recreation of Mila's look. I know it isn't exactly the same, but I like to put my own twist on things :)

Who was YOUR favorite look on the red carpet at the 2012 Golden Globes?

Stay happy and healthy, and have an outstanding week!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rustic Romance - A BFTE Look & Review with Swatches

Hello, my beautiful love bugs! I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by BFTE Cosmetics (Beauty from the Earth) and they sent me some goodies to create a look and review for you guys. I am totally digging these indie, mineral makeup companies!

I put together this romantic, intense and sultry look that is appropriate for hot date night, event or, even Valentine's Day. The warm shades compliment almost everyone, and is just seeping with romance (or lust, you choose) ;).

Get ready for tons of photos!



FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light 10
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder in N4

EYES:
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base
  • BFTE Mineral Eyeshadow in Whimsey on inner corners
  • BFTE Mineral Eyeshadow in Raspberry and Karma on center of lids
  • BFTE Mineral Eyeshadow in Seduction on outer-v and crease
  • BFTE Mineral Eyeshadow in Black applied wet as eyeliner and also applied dry to further darken outer-v
  • Wet N WIld Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Volume Accelerator Mascara in Extreme Black
  • Maybelline Master Drama Liner in waterline
  • Love & Beauty Lashes
CHEEKS:
  • NARS Blush in Amour
  • ELF Blush in Gotta Go

LIPS:
  • Lime Crime Lipstick in Coquette
  • Lime Crime Lipstick in Countessa Fluorescent 
  • ELF Glossy Gloss in Dragon Fruit
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Keep on reading for swatches, review and product shots!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Lime Crime Lipstick Collection - Review and Swatches!

As most of you know by now, I have a crush on Lime Crime. Not only is the packaging absolutely fabulous (bright pink tubes with glittery, holographic unicorns? Come on!). but their lipsticks are incredibly pigmented, and super long wearing. There aren't many other companies out there that offer the unique colors that Lime Crime does.

The following reviews are 100% honest and truthful and are not biased. I would personally like to thank Doe and Cassie for sending me all these awesome lippies!

On with the swatches and reviews!
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As you can see, these babies have an intense color payoff! You don't need much at all to get an opaque, solid color.


-Description: "Luscious, glossy black with 100% coverage. The most opaque black you'll ever try!"

                            -Review: Styletto is a smooth, glossy, super dark black. It does stain, so I do I recommend using a lip liner with this one to prevent feathering. I think the glossiness takes this black lippy to another level. Definitely luscious.


-Description: "Brown-based retro red. Part of our LIP NOIR Collection."

Review:  Glamour 101 goes on semi-glossy and this bad boy last for hours upon hours. The formula is just right...not too wet or dry, and leaves behind a red stain on your lips. I typically look for that in a lipstick, so I really enjoy that. One of my all time favorite reds.


-Description: "True-red with a neon note that flatters all skin tones! This shade combines lipstick and lipstain for prolonged wear. Due to the nature of pigment this shade may provide less coverage on darker complexions."

-Review: Retrofuturist is another gorgeous red. It's a true, fire engine red that is super hot. I also like that this one leaves a stain behind as well.


-Description: "Deep, saturated fuchsia. This shade combines lipstick and lipstain for prolonged wear. Due to the nature of pigment this shade may provide less coverage on darker complexions."

-Review: Centrifucshia is one of the best lipsticks in the collection, in my opinion. I wear this one a lot as a lip stain (dab it on with fingers) and it looks amazing. This shade also lasts and lasts and last. I ate, talked, bit, worked out in this and it hardly budged. It leaves behind a nice "just bitten" stain on your lips as well. 


-Description: "Blue-based neon pink. Full coverage on all complexions, dark to light. This shade combines lipstick and lipstain for prolonged wear."

-Review: I love this shade! Countessa Fluorescent screams Barbie/Nicki Minaj to me. It's creamy, bright hot pink, and of course, opaque. A staple in your collection.


-Description: "Pastel pink with a neon note. Full coverage on all complexions, from dark to light."

-Review: Great Pink Planet is a baby doll pink shade does a great job on covering my naturally red lips. I usually have a problem wearing lighter colors and have to mute out my lips with foundation/concealer but that wasn't the case this time.


-Description: "True, luminous orange without red undertones. Inspired by Doe Deere's grandmother whose signature shade was bright tangerine! Due to the nature of pigment this shade may provide less coverage on darker complexions."

-Review: Don't be scared of this bright, orange color! My Beautiful Rocket is absolutely gorgeous, and will be perfect for the upcoming spring season. You get the impact of a red lip, but with a twist. It's super fresh looking!


-Description: "Buttery, softened orange -- think creamsicle!"

-Review: Oh my goodness. Is this shade unique or what? It's a beautiful, orange-creamsicle, summery shade that will definitely turns heads and have people asking what you're wearing. The slight vanilla scent makes me love it even more. You need Cosmopop in your life!


-Description: "Pale, peachy-nude. Because extra-pale lips are beautiful!"

-Review: This is it guys. My long journey of finding the perfect nude shade is finally over. Coquette is unlike any other nude I have tried. It completely covers my naturally red lips and the peachy-pink undertones compliments my skin tone so well without making me look dead. It's creamy, yet a tiny bit on the dry side which helps with the staying power. I cannot wait to wear this with a dark, smoky eye!


-Description: "Boutique crème de lavender for post-modern Marie Antoinettes."

-Review: D'Lilac is superb. The pale, pastel lavender color reminds me of Easter and the flowers that bloom during that time of year. The color can also give anyone the illusion of a tan. This shade has a bit of a different texture than most of the others (dryer and thicker), so applying with a brush is recommended. 


-Description: "Medium violet-purple lipstick with a neon note. Hue as mysterious as the animal itself. This color combines lipstick and lipstain for prolonged wear."

-Review: Airborne Unicorn is such a pretty color and wearable for a purple too.  It's flattering on lots of skin tones, and it's a perfect statement shade without being too out-there.


-Description: "BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Medium grey with lavender undertones. Part of our LIP NOIR Collection."

-Review: Chinchilla is possibly my favorite shade in the collection. There is no known dupe for this color, as it is incredibly unique. Goes on smooth, non-drying and with a hint of glossiness. I cannot express how gorgeous this shade is, and how surprisingly wearable it is for being a different color. This lipstick sells out really fast, so if you want to purchase one, do it now before they're all gone!


-Description: "Intense bubblegum blue. Finally a blue lipstick that gives you 100% coverage! Wear alone as a fashion statement, or layer over others to create your own unique shades."

-Review: This color is intense! It pops against any skin tone and would look remarkable on those with dark skin. It reminds of bubblegum ice cream, and is crazy fun. Like D'Lilac, No She Didn't is a little dryer and thicker than the others.
       

-Description: "Pastel Mint-Green!  The color we've all been waiting for!"

-Review: Mint To Be is a dynamic, pale and pastel minty green. This color is probably the most opaque of them all and the thickest as well. It is a tiny bit drying, but nothing some lip balm can't fix, and the stunning color makes up for it!

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

Overall, I really enjoy Lime Crime's products. I love the unique colors, the uber cute packaging, and the intensity and pigmentation of these lipsticks are unlike any other lipsticks I've tried. They might not be for everyone, but I tend to really enjoy lippies that leave behind a stain and are a bit more on the dry side rather than extra slick.

Keep note that these lipsticks are softer than most other lipsticks, so keep them in a cool, dry place and be gentle with them.

So if you want something that will last hours upon hours and shades that are out of this world, then give them a shot!

Disclaimer: Some products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) for potential review or use. For more information, please read my DISCLOSURE.


I hope you guys enjoyed this incredibly long post! Which shades are your favorite from the bunch? Mine are Glamour 101, Centrifuschia, Coquette and Chinchilla. If there is a particular shade that you would like to see a look for, lemme know :)

I hope you all had a kick-ass weekend, and are staying warm!