Friday, April 27, 2012

CLARINS Summer 2012 Enchanted Collection, Review & Swatches

This is made of plastic. I thought it was going to be metal...let down!

So pretty!

Clarins Enchanted Eye Palette 

CLARINS Eye Kohl Kajal Liner in 02 Violet

CLARINS Eye Kohl Kajal Liner in 02 Violet

CLARINS Eye Kohl Kajal Liner in 02 Violet

FOTD Eye Look using Clarins Enchanted Summer Eye Palette

FOTD Eye Look using Clarins Enchanted Summer Eye Palette

CLARINS Eye kohl kajal in 02 violet

The Review

The Eye Palette
I had expected more out of this palette honestly. First of all, I had a bad impression the moment I unveiled it because it was made out of cheap feeling plastic rather than the metal look it gives off. Secondly, the color payoff was not great. The 4 colors together in the palette look so nice together, but they swatch less than par. They were very sheer, and the color was hardly buildable. The lightest color in there had a bad chunky texture to it because it's so glittery. I am also not a fan of putting all frosty colors in a palette. I feel like one (preferably one of the darker colors) should be a matte, because to me, frosts look stupid in the crease. Oh and by the way, the long strip of darker brown in there that's meant to be a liner is a cream, not a powder. For $40, I just expected more. I'd give this palette a D+ or C-

The Kohl
Oh dear me, I'm not sure I have anything positive to say about this liner, other than its color. The color is pretty, it paired well with my brown eyes, but still, it wasn't the color I was expecting. I really had expected it to look like the color of its packaging. I'm a sucker for vibrant violets, which is why I bought it. It turned out to be more of an eggplant.
Two major let downs with this eye-kohl. One was that you can't sharpen it, and you can't twist it up. Go back to my photo of it. That's literally all the product there is. It doesn't go down into the packaging at all, and further more, there's no way to retain it's unique shape. I even asked Clarins how to sharpen it, and they told me to take a tissue and form it...really? What a huge waste of product.
The 2nd let down was that this was so horribly smudgy. I understand that kohls are more smudgable, but this one was ridiculous. Even after it had been on for 30 minutes and should have been "set", I barely rubbed my eye for a quick second, and the liner on that eye COMPLETELY CAME OFF.
This kohl deserves an F- !!

MAC Pro: Fall Trend Eye and Lip Palettes -- Review, & Swatches

MAC Pro has released its Fall Trend Eye Palette and Fall Trend Lip Palette (extremely early...we're not even to Summer yet!!).

Fall Trend Eye Palette : Dark Currant, Blazer, Delft, Smoked Paprika, Salt & Pepper, Natural Fibre
Fall Trend Eye Palette : Dark Currant, Blazer, Delft, Smoked Paprika, Salt & Pepper, Natural Fibre
Fall Trend Eye Palette : Dark Currant, Blazer, Delft, Smoked Paprika, Salt & Pepper, Natural Fibre
Fall Trend Lip Palette : French Nougat, Fall For Plum, Harvest, Classic Nude, Spicefire, Light Molasses (all are Satin finishes)

Fall Trend Lip Palette : French Nougat (s), Fall For Plum (s), Harvest (s), Classic Nude (s), Spicefire (s), Light Molasses (s)
Fall Trend Lip Palette : French Nougat (s), Fall For Plum (s), Harvest (s), Classic Nude (s), Spicefire (s), Light Molasses (s)

The Review

The Eye Palette
The creams in this palette are dense like a paint pot, but creamier than a paintpot. They're not as creamy as say a fluidline or cream colour base. This palette can be used as shadow bases, cream shadows, or liners. I'm absolutely in love with it, but I'd love to see a future eye palette with more vibrant colors in it. This one, however, is definitely perfect for Fall.

The Lip Palette
I love the colors in this palette so much more than what was in the Spring Palette. These all have a satin finish, which is my least favorite MAC finish, but the colors are all great.

They are $38 each. Pro Discount is available.

Starlooks: A new type of cosmetic company

I recently discovered a brand new type of company out there, that strives to be different from all the rest. This is not a tiered marketing company like Mary Kay or Avon, this is not a company that has a bunch of counters and stores like mac, this is a company who not only sells a wide range of products online, but they also offer a subscription box.

If you immediately just thought of Birch Box, then get that idea out of your head. Starlooks would be like Birch Box and MAC having a baby. The subscription box (to which I am most definitely subscribed to because it's awesome) is only $15/month and comes with 3-4 full size makeup products (buying these products individually from their site would cost about $40, so you're making out like a bandit!). No samples. What is with companies sending samples anyway? I personally hate samples and throw them out; I find them useless. A subscription that's cheap and sends me full size products however, that I could get used to.

I compared it with MAC because the quality of Starlooks is very similar to MAC's. In fact, Starlooks utilized one of the same chemists who helped formulate MAC's products. In addition to the quality being similar (and in some cases better), they offer a HUGE color and product selection. For a brand new baby company, this is mind blowing. Normally you see newer companies only offering a very limited number of colors (they offer over 100's that for range?)

Enough rambling, let me get to the pics and review.

This is what greets you monthly.


Lipstick, Lipgloss, Lip Pencil

Bare Lip Pencil, Orthodoc Lipstick, and Preciosa Lipgloss on me.
Just Orthodoc and Preciosa, no lip liner

Lip Pencil Ingredients

Lipgloss Ingredients

Lipstick Ingredients

The Review...

Everyone here knows that I'm a MAC lover and rarely stray away from it. With that in mind, when I do try new products, I'm very picky about them.

The lipstick.
The quality was great. I just love how smooth it applied. I haven't yet gotten to test it for longevity, but overall the pigmentation and texture were wonderful. The color however, was not the best shade for me, but I also wasn't wearing any other makeup in the above photos, so it's hard to tell. For my skintone, it just wasn't the best shade, but it would look wonderful on other skintones.

The lipgloss
Same story, the quality was great. Lipgloss was not tacky or uncomfortable to wear. Not gritty despite how sparkly it looks. Loved the color on me, and later just wore it by itself over no lipstick.

The lip pencil
I'm cuckoo for the lip pencil. The quality was so amazing, however, this color was not right for me. It was called "Bare", and to me bare depicts a nudeish color, but this particular "bare" was a deeper mauve color, which is fine, it just didn't look good on me at all. The formula however, was amazing, and I seriously can't wait to get my hands on more of them.

A couple quick things that I wasn't too fond of about the lipstick and gloss: 1.) There is no scent. I know many of you prefer non-fragranced things, but I'm so used to my mac vanilly scent that when it's not there, it seems weird. On the other hand, no scent is better than a bad scent! There have been products I've loved, but simply could not use because the scent was so overwhelming and gross...haha. 2.) The packaging (the plastic part, not the boxes, loved those) feels/looks a little cheap or generic. I think that's to be expected from a young company that maybe doesn't have the budget for different options. However, these two points don't negate the fact that quality was definitely there.

I'll probably do a video review when next month's box arrives

Cocktail Party FOTD

I went out the other night to a fancy cocktail party hosted by The Knot put on for wedding industry professionals to network and mingle. It was a great time, and I got to meet a lot of new people as well as see others that I already knew from previously working together.

Products Used:
  • Eyes
    • MAC "Salt & Pepper" from the Fall Trend Eye Palette as a base on my lid
    • MAC shadows: Satin taupe, Ricepaper, Bamboo, and Take Wing
    • MAC blacktrack fluidline
  • Skin
    • MAC brightening serum, oil control lotion, vibrancy eye primer, fast response eye cream, line filler to prep the skin
    • MAC studio fix fluid in nc25
    • MAC Taupe blush to contour
    • MAC Tenderling blush
    • MAC hyper real pressed powder in "light" to highlight
    • MAC Matte Bronzer along hairline
  • Lips
    • MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Etcetera and Nice & Spicy, layered
    • MAC Innocence, Beware lipstick
    • MAC Baby Sparks Dazzleglass

A couple more pics from the event
The Bars

The Sweets Table. There was also a cupcake bar where you create your own cupcakes

A phone pic of me in my dress

My dress. from BCBG...there was a smudge on my camera lens...sorry!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April's Makeup/EOTD Contest


1. Duplicate this eye look as best as you can. You do not need to use the exact same products, just as long as the final look and colors look close. You do not need to use fake lashes, but you can if you'd like.
2. Take a picture of your eye look from a similar angle that I took mine. This makes it easier to judge the pictures.
3. Upload your picture to my facebook fan page wall. You must post it publicly.
4. You must "like" my facebook page to even be able to upload, so be sure to do that if you don't see the upload option.
5. There must be a minimum of 10 entries for this contest to go on. I won't pick a winner if there are less than that. So be sure to not procrastinate, and post your eye look!
6. You have until April 26th to post!


Winner will receive a MAC eyeshadow (of regular formulation) of their choice!

First I will choose the top 3-4 contestants who I feel did the best job in duplicating this look. I will choose on April 27th I'm looking mainly at the application looking the same, blending, color placement, and lastly the actual colors used -- if they are close to the colors I used. After the top 3-4 are selected, the final judging will be done by my fans. Whoever has the most votes by April 29th will win!

This contest is open internationally! All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

MAC So Reel Reel Sexy FOTD

Products used:

-MAC Dynamic Duo 3 and Dynamic Duo 4 from So Reel Reel Sexy
-LORAC Front of the Line Pro Liner
-Red Cherry #62 lashes, applied underneath the top lashes instead of over them.
-MAC Charcoal brown eyeshadow for brows

-to prep: MAC fix +, Lightful Softening Lotion, Skin Brightening Serum, Oil Control Lotion, Strobe Cream, Line Filler, Fast Response Eye Cream, and Vibrancy Eye Primer
-MAC Studio Finish Concealer + Careblends oil, mixed and used as a foundation
-MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural + Careblends powder
-MAC Lightscapade MSF to highlight
-MAC Pink Cult Blush
-MAC Taupe Blush to contour

-MAC Staunchingly Stylish pro longwear lip pencil
-MAC Viva Glam II lipstick
-MAC Star Quality Cremesheen Lipglass

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter FOTD

products used:

MAC select cover up nw15 as a base
MAC cream color base  "madly magenta" as a base under the lashes
MAC shadows: cloudbound, pale straw, swimming, goin bananas, moons reflection, beautiful iris, and pink venus
for brows: MAC shadow "omega"
MAC prep and prime lash
MAC zoomlash in black
MAC eye kohl  "minted" for upper lashes
MAC eye kohl "violet underground" for waterline
CLARINS instant light comlpexion perfection in 00
MAC face and body foundation in c2
MAC mineralized skin finish in medium
MAC mineralized skin finish in shimpagne for highlight
MAC blushcreme pearl "maidenchant"
MAC lipliners cranberry and girlfriend layered
MAC lipglass crystal rose

Happy Easter!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April 1 FOTD

Products Used:

-SUGARPILL Poison Plum Eyeshadow
-MAC Dark Edge Eyeshadow
-MAC Saddle Eyeshadow
-MAC Paint Pot Bare Study
-LORAC Front Of The Line pro black liner
-MAC Plushlash Mascara

-MAC Strobe Cream
-MAC Fix +
-NARS Tinted Moisturizer Alaska
-MAC Studio Fix Powder C3
-NARS Oasis Blush
-MAC Strada Blush to contour

-MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

Contacts are Gemstone Green bought from:

Have a great weekend!