Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wistful Wonderland

I don't know about you, but I am a hardcore dreamer. I often catch myself wandering off and creating my very own wonderland in my crazy little mind where I can escape to when life gives me lemons (I'm not a huge lemonade fan). I have weird, vivid dreams that would put Tim Burton to shame! I'm telling you, they need to be made into movies. Some call it zoning out, but it helps with my creativity! Maybe it's just my Pisces nature....I wanted to create a look that was dreamy, whimsical, mysterious, dark, yet colorful and full of fantasy, and this is what I came up with!

I used my brand new Sigma Paris Palette which I am SO in love with! It has the perfect mix of neutrals and colors, plus two blushes, a highlighter, an eyeshadow brush and a blush brush. Not only is it gorgeous, but it's multi-functional. Let me know if you guys would be interested in seeing a review with swatches. 

On with the look!


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

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Sigma Eyeshadow in Versailles on tearduct and brow bone
  • Sigma Eyeshadow in Orsay all over lids
  • Sigma Eyeshadow in Seine in crease
  • Sigma Eyeshadow in Eiffel in crease to deepen Seine
  • Sigma Eyeshadow in Lourve on lower lids
  • Sigma Eyeshadow in Elysees to blend out Seine
  • ELF Cream Eyeliner in Black
  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara in Extreme Black
  • FAUX Lashes in Black Sparkle

CHEEKS:
  • Sigma Blush in Rouge as contour
  • Sigma Blush in Peche
  • Sigma Highlighter in Lumiere 

LIPS:
  • Mary Kay Liquid Lip Color in Sherbet

I hope you all enjoyed this look as much I did. I was actually really hesitant to wash this off (I did it at night right before I was going to shower). I am definitely wearing this again when I have the chance. It does wonders for my eyes! I'm thinking of possibly filming a tutorial for this...we shall see!

If you own the Sigma Paris Palette, what are your thoughts on it? Love it, or leave it? Also, let me know if you guys would be interested in a review.

Take care, and I'll see you all next week!
<3

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mystical Magic - A Drama Queen Cosmetics Look & Review

HI everyone! I hope you guys had a stellar weekend. I sure did, (quite literally, actually). I witnessed the first annular eclipse in 18 years yesterday, and it was awesome! If you follow me on Instagram (@bowsandcurtseys) you might have seen the photos on there. It was definitely an amazing thing to witness, and I can't wait for the next one 5 years from now!

Anyway, I was contacted a few weeks ago by a company named Drama Queen Cosmetics. I was immediately drawn in by the name and their lovely website.They are a new company that began backstage on the set of a cult horror show. Drama Queen aims to bring the drama and durability of stage makeup to life and make it wearable for everyday life. They are a cruelty-free company and are paraben-free.

I wanted to create a look that could be seen both on stage during a dramatic play, and be worn by the everyday person!

   
(Sorry for the lack of full-face photos! My battery died before I got the chance to snap some. I pretty much wore a matte pink blush a nude/pink lips.)

EYES: 
  • Lime Crime Candy-Eyed Eyeshadow Helper all over lids and brow bone
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean as a base on lids
  • Drama Queen Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Nocturne on inner and outer corners and lower lashline
  • Drama Queen Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Absinthe on center of lids
  • Drama Queen Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Sugar Plum in crease
  • Drama Queen Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Canary Diamond on brow bone and inner-bottom lash line
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Jet Black on waterline with Nocturne patted on top
  • Maybelline Falsies Mascara
  • Love & Beauty Lashes

To read my review and to see swatches and product shots, just click "READ MORE"!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lavish Love - A MakeupGeek Look & Review

Hello, my lovelies! I hope you all had a stellar weekend and that Monday isn't being too harsh on you!

I'm here today with a luscious look using MakeupGeek eyeshadows! I was contacted by MakeupGeek a few weeks ago and I was oh so excited. I've heard nothing but good things about their shadows and I know a lot of you have been interested and wondering about them, so I went ahead and accepted. I was sent 12 of them of my choice. I tried to get a good array of naturals and colors.

I was aiming to create a wearable prom look, but I went a little overboard...I just couldn't help myself! The end result was a romantic, smoldering yet retro-ish, boho look that I actually quite like, and I hope you do too! This a long, picture heavy post, so get ready!

FAUX Lashes in Lace, $13.00.
"These lashes are naughty and nice!  Find your inner siren in this soft, flirty lash with a touch of sexy black lace. Throw these on with your five inch stilettos and you are guaranteed to feel like the sauciest girl in the room."

Continuing on with my Faux Lash collab...I absolutely loooove these lashes! I love the alternating lengths, and especially the unexpected lace. They definitely take any look to the next level and give you an instant glamorous look. Check them out HERE.


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

EYES:
  • NYX Eyeshadow Base
  • MUG Eyeshadow in Shimma Shimma on browbone and tearduct
  • MUG Eyeshadow in Gold Digger, Moondust and Mercury on lids
  • MUG Eyeshadow in Corrupt on crease and over liner
  • MUG Eyeshadow in Sensuous to blend out Corrupt
  • MUG Eyeshadow in Mango Tango to blend out Sensuous
  • ELF Cream Eyeliner in Black
  • Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara in Black
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in White on waterline
  • FAUX Lashes in Lace

CHEEKS:
  • MUG Eyeshadow in Mango Tango
  • MUG Eyeshadow in Shimma Shimma and Gold Digger as highlight

LIPS:
  • MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt
  • ELF Lipstick in Seductive

To read my MakeupGeek Review and to see my swatches and product shots, just keep on reading!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Dark Desires

We're all guilty of having a dark desire or secret...we're only human. Whether it's some sort of twisted fantasy, lust, or even just a guilty pleasure (cough, cough...Vampire Diaries....cough), we all have one and it's nothing to be ashamed of. Give your dark desire an homage with this deep and sultry look; you'll never want to leave the dark side....

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

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Milani Black Magic Liner in Blackened Gold as a base
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow in Medusa all over lids
  • MakeupGeek Eyeshadow in Corrupt on outer corners
  • MakeupGeek Eyeshadow in Gold Digger on inner corners
  • Love and Beauty Glitter Liner in Gold
  • MakeupGeek Eyeshadow in Shimma Shimma on inner corners and brow bone
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Hustle to blend out Medusa
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara in Black
  • Faux Lashes in Cristina 

CHEEKS:
  • NARS Blush in Amour
  • Mix of MUG's Shimma Shimma and Gold Digger as a highlight

LIPS:
  • Lime Crime Lipstick in Coquette
  • ELF Glossy Gloss in Dragon Fruit
FauxLashes in Cristina, $12.00.

" These lashes may be demure in length but have a personality all their own. The alternating short and long strands create beautiful volume. "

These lashes are a great way to add volume and drama without getting too wild and crazy. They have a pretty thick band, but are super comfortable to wear. I almost forgot I had these on...very lightweight and pretty! I'm really diggin' these lashes. Check them out at FauxLash.com.


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. 
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 A big part of the inspiration for this look came from this outrageously beautiful look created by the one and only Meredith Jessica from Pigments & Palettes (aka my #1 fan). Click the image of her gorgeous eyeball to be taken directly to her look!



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Hope you all enjoyed this ridiculously sexy look. These types of looks are my favorite - dark and dreamy. I think they make my eyes stand out like crazy.

As you might have noticed in the product list, I used a few eyeshadows from MakeupGeek. I was sent 12 of them to review, so keep an eye out for a review, look and swatches! I also have a couple of other reviews coming up (Drama Queen Cosmetics, Victorian Disco Cosmetics and Lime Crime's Palette D'Antoinette) so be on the lookout.

Stay happy and healthy, and I'll see you again soon!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Gold Digger

"Get down girl, go 'head get down".

Totally appropriate name, right? Gimmie a break, I couldn't think of anything else! I've been dying to use SugarPill's Goldilux loose eyeshadow for a while now. It's the prettiest gold shadow I've ever had the pleasure to lay my eyes on. Sadly, I only had a sample baggie and had just enough to create this look. It's so worth buying the whole jar though, it's marvelous.

I'm also introducing a mini collaboration with fauxlash.com! They were kind enough to send me six pairs of luxurious lashes to use on upcoming looks. I know you're going to love them! I'm wearing the first pair in this look.

So this is what I came up with. It's dark, sexy, and mysterious. The winged shadow and slanted lashes take it to a whole new level and give you an instant sex appeal (not me though, because I'm just awkward). This would be ideal on blue eyes (golds and bronzes are killer on them) but it works with every eye color, honestly. 

Add a contrasting color to your water-line for an unexpected pop.

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

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black as a base
  • SugarPill Loose Eyeshadow in Goldilux on inner lids
  • Beauty From the Earth (BFTE) Eyeshadow in Whimsey
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Smog
  • NYX Eyeshadow in Black
  • BH Cosmetics 120 Eyeshadow Palette, light shimmery gold on brow bone and tearduct
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Eyeliner in Black
  • Faux Lashes in Dark Slants 

CHEEKS:
  • Hard Candy Fox in a Box Blush in Spicy and Sweet
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Buck as contour
  • Revlon Skin Lights Face Illuminator in Golden Light as cheek highlight

LIPS:
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Born With It 
  • SugarPill Eyeshadow in Goldilux
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$12.00
"Meow! These fluffy slanted lashes give you instant sex appeal. The jet black graduated strands extend and elongate the eye."

These lashes are intense, but beautiful. and crazy comfortable to wear. They instantly make your eyes look more elongated and cat-like. I felt like Cleopatra while I was wearing them. I love how soft they are and the flexible band is a definite win. The band length was just right too, not too long, not too short. No trimming was required for me! Check them out HERE.

About FauxLash

FauxLash isn't your typical false lash company. They hand-make and hand-knot each pair for quality and durability. They use 100% sterilized human hair and high-quality synthetic blends. Faux is a green company; they are creating a more substantial world by using recycled shipping materials and they print on 100% recycled paper with soy based inks. Nice!

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 really hope you guys enjoyed this look and review! I'm really loving these lashes and I cannot wait to show you all the rest. I want to wear them forever, haha! Also, thanks for all the "welcome backs"! I feel so special and loved <3

Take care, and I'll see you all again soon. Muah!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Minty Madness

Guess who's back (back)? Back again (gain)? Ronnie's back (back), tell a friend (friend)! Guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back...DA NA NA! 

Yes, I had to quote an Eminem song...

HEY GUYS! Yes, I am finally back after a longer-than-expected hiatus. Did you guys miss me? Because I definitely missed you. As most of you know, I took a break late March due to stupid life stuff, but now my mind is refreshed, and ready to go!

So with that said, here is refreshingly colorful, yet bold look for you. Mint is a huge color this season, so I thought I'd create a look using the shade. I tend to shy away from this color in my looks because it can be quite intimidating, so I gave it an edge with the purple liner. I am really pleased with the way it turned out, and I think it's the perfect way to get back into the swing of things!


INSPIRATION:


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

EYES:
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
  • Wet N Wild Color Icon Palette in Pride (Mint and White shades on lid)
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackout to define crease and lower lids
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked and Buck to blend out Blackout
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy and Bootycall on browbone
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Lime Crime Eyeshadow in Empress (applied wet as eyeliner)
  • Fantasy Makers Eyeshadow in Shimmery Purple to highlight center of purple liner
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara in Blackest Black
  • Ardell Double Up Lashes in #203 Black

CHEEKS:
  • CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in Pretty Peach

LIPS:
  • Mary Kay Liquid Lip Color in Sherbet (newest addiction, thanks Chelsey!)



I really hope you guys liked this look, and even more so, I hope it was worth the hiatus!
I've truly, madly, deeply missed every single one of you! I really appreciate those of you who've told me that they cannot wait for me to start blogging again. It means the world to me! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You all definitely know how to make me smile. Love you guys...it feels great to be back!


Also, I have some super exciting stuff coming up that I cannot wait to tell you guys about, but I have to keep my mouth zipped in the mean time. EEEK!

I hope you all are well, happy and healthy. See you soon, and have a great week!