Friday, April 18, 2014

Starlight Makeup Lipgloss swatches


A good friend of mine owns a great beauty business out in Chicago and recently has started her own makeup line called Starlight Makeup. She wanted to give me a few glosses to check out. I decided to pick 5 shades that would translate closest with colors I'd typically put on my bridal clients.

This post is actually from a year ago, but turns out I never actually posted it! 

You all know I love MAC...one thing that really appeals to me about these glosses is the packaging. It looks a lot like that familiar mac packaging that I love. I'm turned off by overly weird or unique packaging because they tend to not be very practical.

Secondly, the formula is wonderful. It's thick enough to stay on for a long time, but not too thick to where it feels uncomfortable. Here are my swatches. For the record, I think Natural Luster is my fav!

Lillian, owner of Starlight Makeup, is in the process of setting up her online store. Before now, she was just taking custom orders for other industry professionals -- but now she's selling to consumers! woo! For now, this is a link to her beauty services website (hey, maybe you're in the Chicago area and need someone for hair or makeup!), and soon there will be the option on that site to purchase her products. If you like any of these glosses and want them now, please email her using the email address listed on the front page of her website. XO LC











Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MAC Playland Collection 2014 Swatches and Lip Swatches

mac playland lipglasses: bright side, live it up, pure silliness, carousel, and lots of laughs

mac playland lipsticks: playland, toying around, head in the clouds, red balloon, happy-go-lucky, and sweet experience

mac playland lipstick and lipglass swatches: playland, toying around, head in the clouds, red balloon, happy-go-lucky,  sweet experience,  bright side, live it up, pure silliness, carousel, and lots of laughs

mac playland lip and cheek casual colour swatches: For your amusement, hi jinks, and young at heart.

Carousel lipglass lip swatch with Hi Jinks casual colour as blush

Pure Silliness lipglass lip swatch with Hi Jinks casual colour as blush

Live it up lipglass lip swatch with Hi Jinks casual colour as blush

Lots of Laughs  lipglass lip swatch with Hi Jinks casual colour as blush

Bright Side  lipglass lip swatch with Hi Jinks casual colour as blush

Head in the clouds Lipstick lip swatch with Hi Jinks casual colour as blush

Sweet Experience Lipstick lip swatch with For Your Amusement casual colour as blush

Happy-Go-Lucky lipstick lip swatch with Young At Heart Casual colour for blush

Red Balloon lipstick lip swatch with Young At Heart Casual colour for blush

Toying Around lipstick lip swatch with Hi Jinks Casual colour for blush
Playland Lipstick Lip Swatch with Hi Jinks Casual Colour as blush

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FOTD using the new NARSissist eyeshadow palette!




products used:

eyes
  • NARSissist Eyeshadow palette shades: All About Eve 1 (highlight), Fez (lid/crease/under eye), Mekong (inner/outerlid), Coconut Grove (crease)
  • Lorac front of the line pro liner
  • MAC Feline eye pencil (waterline)
  • MAC Haute & Naughty lash mascara
  • MAC Spiked eyebrow pencil
skin
  • NARS Tinted Moisturizer (alaska) mixed with
  • MAC Golden Strobe elixer
  • NARS Torrid Blush
  • Hourglass ambient palette (darker shade) as cheek highlight
  • NYX taupe blush to contour
lips 
  • MAC Plink! lipstick



Arabic Eye inspired FOTD with NARSissist eyeshadow palette.

FOTD with NARSissist Shadow palette
FOTD With NARSissit Shadow Palette

EOTD/FOTD with NARSissist eyeshadow palette
EOTD/FOTD with NARSissist Shadow palette

Products used:

eyes
  • NARS Eyeshadow Primer
  • NARS NARSissist Palette shades: Madrague 1 (from crease to brow),  Bellissima 1 (inner lid and brow highlight), Ashes To Ashes (middle of lid, under eye), Brousse 2 (outer lid), Dogon 2 (outer V, under eye), Bad Behaviour (crease, under eye)
  • Lorac Front of the line pro eyeliner
  • MAC Feline eye pencil in waterline
  • MAC Blacktrack fluidline as a base on outer V and crease
  • MAC Lingering eyebrow pencil
  • MAC Studio Fix lash mascara
  • contacts from Lensbase.us in the shade "Platinum"
skin
  • Clarins firming serum
  • NARS brightening serum
  • MAC strobe cream
  • MAC Vibrancy eye primer under eyes
  • NARS Tinted moisturizer in the shade "Alaska"
  • MAC hyper real pressed powder in extra light and medium
  • NARS blush in "Angelika'
  • NYX blush "Taupe" to contour
  • Hourglass ambient powder palette on cheek highlight (middle color)
lips
  • MAC Have to Have It lip pencil
  • MAC Patisserie lipstick




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

2014 NARS NARSissist 15 Eyeshadow Palette

Narsissist shadow
2014 NARS NARSissist 15 Eyeshadow Palette

Narsissist shadow swatches
2014 NARS NARSissist 15 Eyeshadow Palette Swatches. From Left to right: All About Eve #1, Madrague #1, Bellissima #1, Madrague #2, Nepal, Lhasa, Fez, Ashes To Ashes, Bad Behaviour, Bali, Brousse #2, Dogon #2, Coconut Grove, Mekong, and Pandora #2

Starlooks December 2013 Starbox Review / Swatches

December 2013 Starlooks Starbox

December 2013 Starlooks Starbox

$99 value December 2013 Starbox Eyeshadow Palette

Starlooks 15 eyeshadow palette december 2013 starbox

Dec 2013 Starbox Eyeshadow palette swatches

December 2013 Starbox 15 Eyeshadow palette swatches

Hey all....really apologize about getting this up so late. I had actually written it up when I first received the box last month, but apparently it never posted...so here it is.

For the last 2 years, Starlooks has made their December Starbox a very special box because it includes a $99 value 15-eyeshadow palette. Last years was incredibly vibrant, depending on the box you received, and this one, was much more neutral, and I believe everyone received the same one. I really enjoyed the colors in this palette so much more, because they are colors I can use on a daily basis.

For $15, it's really awesome to receive such a large palette. I am so grateful that Starlooks was so generous to gift me this box.

Being that there are so many colors, there are endless opportunities as to what to wear on your eyes. This palette can literally work throughout the entire year in and out of each season.

The downside - there are a few shades that are lacking in pigmentation. Mainly the matte pinky/purple shade. I had done several layers of swatches to get it to show up like that. A couple other matte shades didn't have great pigmentation, but weren't as bad as the pink. Other than that, they have a beautiful texture and color. If it's still available on the site, I'd highly suggest picking one up, and for that matter, signing up for future Starbox subscriptions at www.starlooks.com/starbox. You can purchase the December 2013 starbox here.




Saturday, December 7, 2013

November Starlooks Starbox


Starlooks Starbox for November 2013
Starlooks Starbox Nov 2013


November Starlooks Starbox Contents. Gel liner, Angled Liner brush, Pencil Sharpener, and a 5-pan eyeshadow palette

The Eyeshadow Quint 



Infinity Gel Liner in "Orion"- Amazzzzing! Seriously. Gorgeous deep teal shade. Formula is bullet proof...water proof...budge proof...Nice and smooth too. Also works as a shadow base.

824 Slanted Liner brush - Love this brush.provides a nice thin line. Can be used for gel liner, shadow, lip, or brow products. Great quality and holds its shape very well.

5-Shadow Palette "Monaco" - overall, not a fan :( I will go thru it shade by shade. They don't have individual shade names (another downfall for me) so I will just describe the shade.
White - Matte...Chalky...lacks pigmentation. Similar to MAC's Gesso shadow, but with less pigmentation.
Taupe - Shimmery, this one is wonderful. Great color I'd use all over my lid for a simple look, or incorporate it into something smokey and sultry. Great pigmentation and texture.
Navy - Matte...Chalky and lacks pigmentation like the white one.
Orange-Red - Matte...again, chalky and lacked proper pigmentation.
Gold - Lustre...a fun gold, sparkly color, but lacks pigmentation. Would be great to add overtop of another shadow to add some gold sparkle as well.
The palette was just a "miss" for me this time.

That gel liner and angled brush though...I will be using them frequently!


***IMPORTANT***


For December, Starlooks is putting together a box that is worth about $100...it's going to be a 15-pan palette!!! I got it last year (this year will have new colors) and it was amazing ...(much better than this 5 pan palette!)

It's only $15. December 10th is the deadline to sign up!!!

http://starbox.starlooks.com/

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

October's 2013 starlooks starbox


By far one of the best boxes they've ever done.

The goodies! A fun lipgloss stick, steel grey eye liner, and my favorite - a blush palette!

I absolutely love that this box came with a little blush palette. 

For me,  all of the colors are wearable,  however,  this may not suit darker skin tones. The texture and pigmentation is great! I showed it to my mom,  she's not a makeup person at all.  She said she didn't like the lighter color,  didn't think it would look good on her.  I went ahead and applied it on her and she ended up loving it! 

Swatches of the products that came in the October starbox.
puzzy tendergloss (on left) is a gloss stick. It is basically clear with some pink and gold glitter and is a perfect complimentary product to any lipstick. Feels very moisturizing. 

The Diamond line eye liner is not something I would  personally wear as a liner on a normal occasion, but instead I like to use it as a base.  The texture is nice and smooth. The color is called Mirage and is between a silver and a gunmetal Grey. To use as a base,  simply apply it to the desired area and blend it out with a brush. 

Sign up now so you won't miss srarlooks famous Holiday starbox! It will include a 15 pan shadow palette! Worth about 100 bucks,  you can see my review on the 2012 December shadow palette on my blog here.  You won't want to miss the great deal .. only $15 ! You'll need to sign up before Dec 10th to get it !

xo lc

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

MAC Divine Night Collection Swatches



MAC Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinishes
MAC Divine Night MSF Swatches - Centre of Attention, Perfectly Poised, and Scene to be Seen
MAC Scene To Be Seen - Divine Night MSF
MAC Centre Of Attention - Divine Night MSF
MAC Perfectly Poised MSF Divine Night