Tuesday, November 13, 2012

NOTD: Style Icon by Color Club

I haven't been keeping up with painting my nails lately, but today I decided I would paint my nails on one of my study breaks. I decided to go with an ox blood color, simply because it reminds me of cranberry sauce. The color Style Icon is a beautiful polish created by a company called Color Club. In the last couple of months or so, I've received Birchboxes(monthly subscription to get deluxe samples to try new things) with a couple of Color Club's mini nail polishes. I loved the formula and the colors so much that I decided to splurge and buy this one on Hautelook.com. Its a buildable formula, so even one coat gives an opaque, but light, color which darkens with additional coats. I love the fact that you can have a range of colors with just one nail polish. The polish lasts at least 3 days without chipping with a base and top coat. I will be definitely buying more of these nail polishes in the future, but right now I have plenty to last awhile.

What nail polish are you currently wearing?

FTC: I purchased the mentioned products with my own money and these are my own opinions.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review: Lorac Haute Couture, St. Tropez Eyeshadow Quad

You know how when you wake up in the morning and you just don't have much time to get ready; furthermore, apply makeup? The Lorac Haute Couture St. Tropez palette is amazing to use for just those kind of days. Let me tell you, I fell in love with packaging! The top is a black lace pattern and encasing the shadows is a black, sleek plastic case.  In this quad there's a matte sandy white color, a yellow gold color, a medium brown color, and a dark brown color. There was also a brush that I didn't like, so I tossed it..

Below are pictures of my daytime look and my night time look with using solely the eyeshadows in the palette.

Daytime: Start with a primer. Then using the yellow gold(second from left) apply all over lid. Apple the brown to the right of that, in to the crease and blend using a clean brush. Take the first left shadow and apply it where you would apply a highlight. Optional: Take the very right dark brown shadow and apply that to your tight line to give the illusion of fuller lashes.

Night: Do everything said above but make a bolder line by getting the liner brush damp and lining the eye. Also, still using the darker color, apply it to the outer "v" of the crease and blend for more dimension.

I feel like the eye shadows are such great quality that you don't have to go back-and-forth applying layers of product. Lorac's eye shadows are soft, creamy(while they're powder) and most certainly pigmented. They are very easily blendable as well as long lasting. I do my whole makeup routine at about 8 AM and when I remove it at 9 PM, the eyeshadow is still in the same spot and just slightly lighter.

Every aspect of this palette is wonderful and I hope to try many more of their products.

Do you have this palette? Tell me what you think about it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award

I was super excited when I received a tweet from Small Budget Beauty! It's not enough that she is a more experienced blogger, but she nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! I was definitely not expecting to receive a nomination so early, so that made me...speechless.

Since I'm nominated I have to fulfill a few tasks:
  • Reveal 11 random things about myself
  • Answer 11 questions that the person who nominated me has set
  • Create 11 new questions for my nominees
  • Tag 11 other blogs with less than 200 followers & let them know they've been nominated...no tag backs!

  • The 11 random things about me is the first on the list, so I'll start with that:
    1. I love the color violet: not purple, not blue. Just Violet.
    2. I was a spelling bee alternate in the sixth grade.
    3. I love to color!
    4. I love playing video games like Just Dance
    5. I have a crush on the lead singer of Nickleback.
    6. I'm really good at math
    7. My favorite tv show of all time was the Mickey Mouse Club
    8. I want to travel to Ireland someday.
    9. I love to swim for 7 hours pretty much everyday in the summer
    10 I have never left California besides Nevada
    11. I don't drive.

    11 questions
    1. What is your favorite item from your makeup collection?
    My Lorac eyeshadow quad in Haute Couture St. Tropez

    2. What's your favorite movie?
    101 Dalmations, non-animated
    3. Name one makeup item that you would really like to receive as a gift.
    Lorac Pro Palette
    4. Do you wear makeup every time you leave your house?
    Nope, don't need to.
    5. Name your favorite reality TV show.
    The Voice
    6. Do you use more neutral or bright colored makeup?
    7. What is your favorite color to wear on your nails?
    Violet, of course
    8. What made you start your blog?
    I love writing and beauty, so i combined the two. I also thought it would take less time than making a youtube video and itakes about 10 minutes less.
    9. Heels or flats?
    Flats, can't wak in high heels.
    10. Name one of your guilty pleasures.
    homemade ice cream
    11. Do you have any pets?
    no, my dog passecd away a couple of years ago and I'm not ready to have one yet, but I do want one, maybe 2
    My 11 questions for new nominees:
    1. What would your dream job be? If you are already in it, then what would your dream house be like?
    2. What's your favorite eyeliner style? cat eye, in the lash line, etc..
    3. What shade of lipstick makes you feel most confident?
    4. What was your favorite board game to play when you were a kid?
    5. What's your favorite drink at a coffee shop?
    6. Were you a tomboy or girly-girl growing up?
    7. What's your favorite fall accessory?
    8. Do you like, math or english better?
    9. Do you like using new technology?
    10. What kind of makeup  do you have most of lip or eye products?
    11. Favorite Perfume of the moment?

    11 Bloggers I nominate:

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    Beauty Balm Breakdown!

    Before I get into the actual post, I wanted to give a shout out to Small Budget Beauty for nominating my blog for the Liebster blog award! This award is for the up and coming bloggers who have under 300 subscribers, and if you win you will then return the favor by nominating 5 other bloggers.

    Without further ado...
    Today I'm talking about the hyped up Drugstore BB Creams. Now, I know you've heard of them, unless you live in a pineapple under the sea, so I'm just going to talk about my experience with using them.

    To start off I just wanted to tell you that all of the pictures on the top are before product application and the bottom are the ones after product was applied.

    The first of the three BB creams that I tried was the L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier(white tube). When I first saw the product, I thought that it looked like white out you would use to fix pen mistakes with. It reads on the label "adusts to skin color". As I applied the cream, it made my skin smooth because of the exfoliant. I was actually liking the way it made my skin smooth and airbrushed. It was great...until half way through the day. when I looked in the mirror during a powder break at school. I was embarrased to find an ompaloompa orange color and an oil slick were covering my entire face. Luckily, I just happened to have a makeup remover wipe in my backpack( I'm prepared for anything) . Let's just say I never wore that out in public again!

    With the worse BB cream of the three out of the way, next is the Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector with SPF 15. I actually tested this one out at home first :D I loved this one so much more than the L'Oreal bb because it didn't make my skin as oily,oxidize, along with many good things it did do!  As I was applying it, I noticed that the color was a little dark for the shade light/medium, but read that it will change to your skin tone just as the others (try to) do. I used to elf stippling brush to apply it and the finished look was glowy and flawless. The perfect amount of coverage for someone with monthly break-outs( which I was currently having :P). I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't oxidize, but it left my face a little too dewy for my combination skin.  I loved that it covered the rosacea on my cheeks as well as the pimples and it even made my pimples go away faster than if I would have used foundation. This made my day! I would go further to say that its just as good as my CoverGirl Natureluxe Foundation, but not quite.

    Last, but definitely not least is the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB. Cream with SPF 30. First of all I want to say that this or any amout of SPF in any foundation, cream, etc.. just will not be enough so if you are in the sun alot, don't forget to use an spf under this.  On to the review...For this bb cream, my initial reaction was that it is my perfect shade(medium). I loved how creamy this was but it also felt light. This bb cream did dry my skin, but if using moisturizer it is perfect! It too seemed to allow my pimples to clear up faster than when wearing foundation and wasn't too dewy. After application my skin was smooth and looked like it was my second skin, but doesn't conceal as much as the Garnier bb cream.
     All-in-all, my favorite was a toss up between the Maybelline and Garnier bb creams. They both had different cons, but neither one was bad enough to not wear everyday.  
    So tell me....
    What one is your favorite? Do you think that the Asian BB creams are better? Are you ready for CC Creams?
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