Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Aromaleigh Ravenstag

When I first saw this color swatched, I knew I must have it.  Ravenstag is a gorgeous and complex deep charcoal with multi-colored shimmer of green, violet, and teal.  Pretty much every color I just adore embedded in a gorgeous smoky base.  This is the type of shade that will lean a certain way depending on what color you pair it with; not unlike eyes that change from blue to green depending on your shirt or shadow that day.   In this look, I paired it with purple so it really complimented the green sparks in this shade.   If paired with a green or teal, it would probably appear more violet.

MAC Pro longwear concealer NW 20 under eyes
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
NYX Taupe Blush to contour cheeks
NYX Beige Gloss on lips
NYX Pinky Blush ( i think) on cheeks

Coastal Scents Shadow Worx primer
NYX White Eyeshadow base, on inner corners only
Ben Nye Toast (matte off white) on brow bone as highlight and to soften and help blend the crease
MAC Beautiful Iris  Buffed into crease with MAC 224 brush, also packed into inner corners atop the white base
Aromaleigh Ravenstag patted onto lid with dampened shader brush, avoiding inner corners- blended at crease into purple
Inglot Gel Liner # 77  on upper lashline, and on waterline
Cover Girl Lashblast volume Mascara

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Obligatory St Paddy's Day Green!

Though I didn't initially intend on the green, it is how it ended up.  I wanted to use Aromaleigh's Yael from the new Ignis Antiquita collection, and once I applied it slightly foiled to my lid- I knew that a matte green in the outer corners would contrast nicely.  The subtle green sparks in this warm gold shadow just cried out for some green, and I made it so.  My newest sample order from Aromaleigh contains some real beauties that I can't wait to use!

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer NW 20 under eyes
MAC Emphasize Sculpting Powder  to set concealer
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
NYX Taupe Blush  to contour
City Color Be Matte Blush  (from Ipsy) in Fresh Melon on cheeks
Maybelline Brow Pencil Dark Blonde and NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder  in blonde on brows
Estee Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee in Heat Wave as cheek bone highlight

L'oreal Fairest Nude lipstick
NYX Smokey Look gloss

Coastal Scents Shadow Worx primer
Aromaleigh Yael applied with damp brush all over lid, to just above crease, then blended out and up with MAC 224 brush
NYX Taupe eyeshadow to blend out edges a bit more and transition
Sleek Ultra Matte V 2 Palette  matte green, to outer corners blended inward.  Along lower lashline as well.
Ben Nye Toast on brow bone
NYX Barely There  to tear duct area
Physician's Formula Eye Booster Liquid Liner on upper lashline
Rimmel Waterproof Kohl- Black on waterline
Cover Girl LashBlast Mascara 

Darn you Nikon for being so very HD, those stray brow hairs are not nearly that cray-cray in real life!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Long Time No Post Smokey Eye


I have been MIA for a but, life just gets crazy sometimes!  I'm planning my little girl's 3rd birthday- it amazes me how time has flown!  I'm also doing a few projects around the house, including painting my dining room.  My dining room has been a plain white box since buying my house a year ago, and I'm trying to bring it to life a bit.  I repainted the existing chandeliers to modernize them, and added an accent wall of wallpaper.  Maybe I will post some before and afters soon, just working on painting the trim and finishing up some lose ends!  Most of the work happens when the LO goes to sleep at night.

Today's look uses an old favorite of mine from Aromaleigh- Myrtha.  I'm fairly certain I have posted a look using this before, but here it is again anyway :)

MAC ProLongwear Concealer under eyes
Cover Girl Stay Fabulous Foundation
Fyrinnae Sunkissed Finishing Powder  dusted lightly to set foundation
Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Blush on cheeks
NYX Sokey Look Gloss on lips
NYX Taupe Blush to contour

Coastal Scents Shadow Work primer to prime lids
Cover Girl Black Liner smudged out on outer half of lids, in a cat eye shape
Aromaleigh Latte to contour lids, in crease as transition
Makeup Geek Corrupt (matte Black) blended into outer corners and into crease a bit
MUG Frappe to blend out black a bit
Aromaleigh Myrtha patted on lid up to crease
MAC Vanilla Pigment  on inner corners of lids
Ben Nye Toast on brow bone
Inglot Gel Liner  black on upper lashline

I really need to clean up my brows :)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fyrinnae Sugar Skulls and MAC Mauveless


Today's look features some summery colors- it is 7 degrees outside and windchills make it feel even colder.  I figured something bright and cheery was in order.
Bare Minerals Ready Foundation in Fairly Light
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NW20 under eyes
NYX Taupe Blush to contour
MAC Warm Soul Blush on cheeks
Maybelline Pin Up Peach on lips

MAC Painterly PP to prime lids
MAC Mauveless in outer V, blended into crease
MAC Smoke Signals to deepen V, and along lower lashline
Wet n Wild Lust Palette off white shade on inner corners and browbone
Fyrinnae Sugar Skulls patted on center potion of lid, blended into inner and outer corner colors and just up to crease
Inglot AMC Gel Liner #77 on upper lashline and in waterline
Benefit Bad Girl  Mascara

Friday, December 27, 2013

Easy look with Naked 2 Palette

What a crazy week it has been, working crazy long hours all while getting ready for Christmas.  Our christmas was just fantastic, including lots of food and wine and way too many gifts for my little one.  This is the first christmas that she was actually old enough to grasp the concept of Christmas so we had a blast.  Chloe now thinks that every morning when she wakes up, there will be gifts to open lol.  She has also gotten into the giving spirit, she keeps wrapping random things up in tissues and giving them to every one around.  It is just adorable.

Today's look is a quickie cool toned semi smokey eye using only the Naked 2 palette, which admittedly is my least favorite of the 3.  Part of my distaste for the palette has to come from the fact that more than half of the shadows have come loose from the palette and come flying out whenever I open it :(... I'm sure some crazy glue would fix it.  Anyway,  I figure if I use it a bit, I might grow to like it more.

Cover Girl Stay Fabulous Foundation
Wet n' Wild Blush in Pearlescent Pink on cheeks
Benefit Hoola Bronzer to contour cheeks
Fyrinnae Sunkissed finishing powder dusted lightly all over face
Rimmel Kate Lipstick in 101  on lips
NYX Gloss in LaLa atop lipstick
Maybelline Define a Brow Pencil in dark blonde and NYX Brow Duo in blonde on brows

MAC Painterly PP to prime lids
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette:
Tease buffed into crease with fluffy crease brush (MAC 224)
Busted patted onto outer 1/3 of lid with small shader brush, then buffed out with MAC 217 slightly into crease and into strong outer V shape, also smudged along lower lashline
Suspect patted onto inner 2/3 of lid
Bootycall buffed into inner corners with small synthetic crease brush
Foxy on brow bone with large shader brush
Inglot AMC Gel Liner #77 on upper lashline and in waterline
Some cheapie ebay lashes

Thanks for looking, hope your holidays were merry!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Aromaleigh Password Protected

Here is my look for today, a warm mauvey semi smokey eye which i find quite pretty.  The copper shift in this shadow is just amazing.  Today I used my Fyrinnae finishing powder for the first time, first impressions are good.  It sets my foundation (though this cover girl stuff doesn't really need setting on my normal/dry skin) without looking chalky or obvious and imparts a soft focus, vaguely golden glow.  How pretty!

Cover Girl Stay Fabulous Foundation
Fyrinnae Finishing Powder- Sunkissed
Aromaleigh Buff Blush on cheeks
NYX Taupe Blush to contour
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 225 Sultry on lips

MAC Painterly Paint Pot to prime lids
Aromaleigh Password Protected Patted on to lids with dampened synthetic brush, just up to crease leaving the very outer corner blank
Aromaleigh Nutmeg appied with mac 224 brush to buff out edges of lid color and provide transition color
Clinique Chocolate Covered Cherries in outer V, buffed lightly into crease and along lower lashline
Aromaleigh Oyster (now Echo in V2 I believe) on brow bone
NYX Barley There  just under brow
Inglot DS 467 on inner corners and inner lower lashline
Rimmel Waterproof Kohl black, on waterline
Inglot Gel Liner #77  on upper lashline

Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fyrinnae Gender Bent Meets the Urban Decay Nakeds

Today's look incorporates a color combo I just love, teal and brown.  Teal on its own can be a somewhat intimidating color for some, but when paired with brown it is grounded and becomes a bit more wearable.

Some interesting things going on for me today:

  • Just had my chimney swept and it was pretty cool to watch.  My new kitty Hannah adores sitting by the fire and even though the chimney sweep guy had this really loud machine going- she stayed next to him the whole time.  I guess she was making sure he didn't mess with her favorite spot.
  • I have the day off today and the house to myself for the first time in I can't even remember.  My 2 year old is at 'school' and mommy is home relaxing. 
  • I'm actually excited to clean the house today, and of course play with my makeup. :)
  • I used the manual setting on my camera, ISO at 200, 1/50 and lowered the flash compensation by a notch.  Generally I use ISO 100 and don't mess with the flash compensation.  I think the shadow colors look pretty true to life though my hair and skin color look a bit warmer than they should.

The Balm Time Balm Foundation
Clinique Almost Powder to set foundation
Benefit Hoola Bronzer to contour
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush on cheeks

MAC Painterly PP to prime lids
Naked 1 Palette:
Naked in crease
Darkhorse in outer corners blended slightly into crease, lower lashline
Virgin as inner corner highlight
Naked 2 Palette
Blackout  to deepen outer corners a bit
Foxy as brown bone highlight
Fyrinnae Gender Bent patted from inner corner just to where the darkhorse began, and nto crease slightly
Rimmel Waterproof Kohl liner black, on waterline and upper lashline

Hannah, in front of the fire looking like she shopped till she dropped.

A cute Hannah pic with my new lens.

Thanks for looking!