Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lots and lots of snow!

Living in the Catskills in NY, we get our fair share of winter weather.  This year, we were missed by most of the storms which were hitting just south of us.  Very unusual being that we are usually the hardest hit.  this week, we were hit with back to back storms for a total of 4 1/2 feet.  I was snowed in for 2 days waiting for someone to come plow out the driveway.  They ended up bringing a tractor in here with a bucket loader to dig me out being that the driveway is long and has a little bridge going over a stream. I also happen to be house/animal sitting for my parent's and their brood of dogs, ducks, peacocks, chickens, goats and cats so it was a heck of a week.  The poor peacocks were in the back of the barn, and it took me till today to get into them.  Knowing that the storm was coming, and that i might be unable to reach them, I loaded them up with extra water and food.  I am happy to report that they are doing just fine... I however, am sore and tired from digging.  I have not seen a storm like this for a very long time. Below are some pics of the snow!

That's Baron, loving the snow

This is Sisu, who ran away for an hour in the blizzard
Seriously, this little guy ran for hours in the snow.  It was like he was swimming and all I could see was his little nose peeking out for air.

My car is somewhere in there, this was the pic I sent informing work that I would not be making it in :)  This was early in the AM and the snow continued on all day.

Green and Purple

Today's look was created around the lid shade.  It is a Lorac shadow, called Lazu-lite,  that I am pretty sure has been discontinued because I bought it years ago, before my whole makeup obsession really began.  I found it here at my parent's house... in my mom's makeup bag knowing full well that she would most likely never wear this color.  It has been confiscated, and put back in its rightful ownership.  It is a midtone true green, matte with teal sparkles throughout.  Unfortunately, these sparkles don't show up on the lid applied dry as I did today but I would think they might if applied wet.  Anyway...

I used:
NYX jumbo pencil in milk
Aromaleigh Got Dibs (matte warm light purple) in crease with 217
Aromaleigh Blue Orchid (matte dark blueish purple) to deepen crease and along outer lower lashline with 219 brush
Aromaleigh  Oyster (matte off white) with SK blender brush to brow bone
Aromaleigh Magic Wand (white shimmer with lavender iridescence) to brown bone and inner corners
Lorac Lazu-Lite (midtone matte green with teal glitter) patted onto lid with Sigma 239
Ben Nye Cake Liner in black with aromaleigh sealant

Cheeks are NYX Pinky with NYX taupe to contour

I also used a different method today to do my brows, using tips from Jen's Beauty Blog where she posted a brow step-by-step tutorial here.   I really like the way they came out.  I used my usual Maybelline define-a-brow in dark blond, along with a light brown shadow from the 88 warm palette.  Yay!

With no flash:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Aromaleigh Smokey Neutrals


I am back to blonde!  These pics are also taken with my Motorola Droid - I am house and dog  sitting for my parents while they are in Finland and didn't bring my camera with me.  I only live 15 minutes away but we have been getting burried in snow all day, so I decided to stay put :)  My camera needs replacing anyway, really distorts all colors and just all around sucks.  I think this camera more accurately portrays colors, although the abundance of sunshine before the storm rolled in kinda washed out the pics.   Anyway, here is a smokey neutral look using all aromaliegh shadows.

I used:
Bare Necessity cream shadow as base- applied from lash to brow with finger
Aromaleigh Oyster (matte off white) applied with fluffly brush to the brow bone
Aromaleigh Chocolat (matte mid tone brown) applied to crease with MAC 217 brush
Aromaleigh Umber (matte deepest brown) to deepen crease also with mac 217
Aromaleigh Ebony (matte black) to deepen crease further with angle fluff brush, then blended out with MAC 224
Aromaleigh Dandelion (frosty pale yellow) patted to lid with SK small shadow brush
Rimmed lower lashline with Ebony and a 219 brush
Prestige waterproof liner in black on waterlines
Ben Nye Cake liner with Aromaleigh sealant and a fine tipped synthetic liner brush
Cover Girl Lashblast

Cheeks are Aromaleigh Verve applied lightly
Lips are MAC cute-ster

Thanks for looking!

What camera do you gals use and love?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Stardust Magical Muse

Stardust's Magical Muse is such an awesome color!!!  For this look, I paired it with some NYX shadows and was really please with the results. 

I used:
NYX jumbo pencil in Oyster on lid as base (this is a pinky lavender cream shadow)
Stardust Magical Muse patted on top of the cream shadow base, to just above crease
NYX Taupe applied with MAC 224 to crease, and to blend out edges of lid color
NYX grayish brown in outer V and to deepen crease (BTW, this color is awesome... it is a deep charcoal brown color with a satin finish.  I really like it because its a charcoal without blue undertones)
Revlon matte shadow in Antique Lace (matte off white) on brow, and to blend out edges of color
NYX Barely There on inner corners and under arch of brow

NYX Pinky on cheeks

Rimmel liner in Eastend Snob to line and fill in lips
NYX gloss in Tea Rose

Thanks for looking!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Stardust Cosmetics Teal and Purple


It has been a while since I posted.. I was away all week on a work thingy (in Rochester NY) during which my makeup was basically non existent.  I have such a hard time getting into a morning routine when staying at hotels or anywhere that is not my own home.  I did however have a great time shopping and taking advantage of some great sales going on right now (got 4 pairs of really nice pants at The Limited for $19.99 each!!!  Also, stopped by Ulta and grabbed one of the Stila eye Kajal pencils... quite pricey but the application is gorgeous, nice formula.), love visiting malls away from home!

Note to self: Pack some respectable comfy clothes for next business trip, 'cause wearing purple flannel PJs with rainbow colored reindeer to run down to lobby for coffee WILL get you laughed at by co-workers.

On to the makeup... I recently purchased a bunch of samples from Stardust cosmetics, including the entire sample set of the newest collection: Facettes de la Femme.  They are all quite pretty, and they arrived quite quickly from Canada. 

I particularly like one of the blushes I received called Inner Glow, described on their site as a Fleshy Beige Shimmer.  I think it gives a healthy bit of color and sheen to the cheeks while still looking fresh and natural.

I used:
Jesse's Girl cream shadow in Destiny (midtone shimmery teal) as base on lid just up to crease.  These are similar to Mac cream color bases and come in a nice selection of fun colors.  Just be sure to apply the thinnest of layers and pat the shadows on top to acheive the best color payoff and minimal creasing.  Too much of this cream shadow and you will undoubtedly have creasing.
Stardust Lush (aquatic blue green frost) patted on lid, covering cream shadow base and blended to just above crease- using small flat shader brush. (Sonia Kashuk)
Stardust Temptress (Naughty blackened purple with bewitching pink sparkles) Using Mac 217, applied to outer V and blended into crease... also smudged along lower lashline
Prestige waterproof Pencil in Black upper waterline and smudged between lower lashes (did this before appying the temptress to the lower lashline)
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk applied to tear duct area and blended out
Stardust Unforgettable (Pale putty with faceted shimmer) on inner corners, atop of the NYX pencil in milk and blended into crease color and lower lashline, also applied to arch area of brow
Blended out harsh lines using a MAC 224 and some mineral foundation on brow bone
Ben Nye cake liner in Black w/ Aromaleigh liner sealant
Stila Kajal liner in topaz on waterline (skintone kohl liner with some shimmer)
Prestige Mascara in Black

Lips are rimmel liner in Wild Clover... filled in lips with liner and applied MAC Cute-ster on top
Cheeks are Stardust Inner Glow

Thanks for looking all!

With Flash:

No Flash:

I'm so orange here lol!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hot Pink and Purple

Here is today's LOTD.  I wanted to use some more of my Hi Fi shadows, I'm still realllllyyy liking them!!

I used:
HiFi Kiss on inner corners
HiFi Punk Rocker on rest of lid
HiFi Sacrelicious on Outer V, and along lower lashline
Aromaleigh Fiona on brow bone

Ben Nye Cake liner on upper lashline with aromaleigh sealant
Prestige waterproof liners to tightline
CG lashblast

Cheeks are NYX Pinky
Lips are my new Prestige Lippie in Madrid over Jesse's Girl Lipliner in Bubble Gum

No Flash:

My new lipstick, as I;m trying to branch out into some more adventurous lip colors.

Thanks for looking all!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Aromaleigh Coral Pinks


Here is my rather bright FOTD.  I used one of the LE Angels shadws from aromaleigh, which retire on 2/6!!  The shade is called Rhinestone Housewife and it is insanely pretty.  It is an orangey coraly pink, a color that I don't generally gravitate towards... but I am surely going to try and snag a full size of this before its gone.  Paired with Zinnia from the Spring Solstice collection, the color is just amazing.

Here is what I used, all Aromaleigh:

Apricot Frost Indelible Cream Shadow as base
Rhinestone Housewife- The completed shade Rhinestone Housewife is a softly frosted vivid orange-fuchsia with a magenta highlight and some sparks of pink.
Zinnia- So unique, this vibrant but soft coral peach turns into a blend of pinkish coral with a dominant violet iridescence
Oyster- Matte off white
Dandelion- A soft, yet vibrant pale yellow, with subtle gleams of gold.
Umber- The darkest Brown black, completely matte

I think I could've chosen a better color to deepen the V... Blending the Umber into these colors was difficult.  A matte burnt red wouldve worked well.... I still like the way it turned out, especially the way the Zinnia and the Rhinestone work together :)

Ben Nye Cake Liner

Cheeks are NYX Stone, very very lightly applied (I've had this a while, but never used it.  The color is not something I thought I'd like, but applied sparingly is quite nice) ... with some MAC MSF in light flush dusted on top

Foundation is MAC MSF Natural

  • Applied apricot frost cream shadow to lid to just above crease using my finger
  • Used a small shader brush to apply Rhinestone Housewife to the inner and outer part of my lid, patting it on top of base and blending to just above my crease and leaving the very center part of my lid blank
  • Using the same shader brush, I patted some Zinnia to the center part of my lid, staying below crease and gently blending it in to RH
  • Used a 219 pencil brush, I lightly drew in some definition in my outer V with Umber and then blended that out with some RH and a crease/blender brush
  • Used a large fluffy shader brush to apply Oyster to my brow, using that to soften the edges of the color
  • Applied Dandelion to the tear duct area and under the arch of my brow

Look, a bright lippie!!!!!!!  (MAC lipliner in cranapple applied all over lips with some NYX Harmonica on top)

Below: No flash

And, with a lighter lippie.......
( MAC Cute-ster from the Hello Kitty collection)