Tuesday, March 30, 2010

2 days of neutrals

I was on a neutral kick I guess.  I have a feeling it will be ending because I received my HiFi order today!! I took advantage of their sale and ordered a bunch of F/S shadows.  Yippeee!!

For this first look, I used only my 88 warm palette from coastal scents.  After seeing Lillian's red lip look, I was inspired to do a neutral eye with some brighter lips.  I opted for hot pink, though I loved her look with red lips.  The lipstick is from prestige, I don't have it with me now but will post the color later :) (Edit to say:  The lippie is Prestige Madrid... I love it because I have a strong attraction to shimmer free lippies.  This is a creamy matte finish, non drying and highly pigmented.)

Excuse my fooked up wing on my liner :(

This second look features neutral lips (MAC shy girl lipstick), TKB trading's glimmer beige on lid with a soft brown and a deeper reddish brown in crease from the 88 palette.  My cheeks are Aromaleigh verve.

Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

NYX Blues and Curls


I had the day off yesterday, which meant I had time to play.  After curling my hair using my flat iron, I busted out some long neglected NYX shadows and created this dramatic blue, smokey eye.

I used:
NYX Jumbo Pencil - Milk
NYX White  on inner corners (matte white)
NYX Halaiwa next to white (satin finish baby blue)
NYX Irises next (vibrant satin finish tealy blue)
NYX Black in outer V, crease, along lower lash line
NYX Atlantic to blend edges between black and Irises, and blended into black on lower lashline (shimmery deep blue)
Black liquid liner

Lips are NYX Black Label in Heiress

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Yummy coral and deep purple

Hello all!!

Here was my Birthday FOTD, some corals and purple inspired by a YouTube tutorial posted by SunniShinee.  I've been totally loving corals lately, so when I saw the tut I knew I had to try it.  I instantly thought of Aromaleigh's Rhinestone Housewife (which i regrettably never grabbed in F/S) and Zinnia... these 2 shadows are gorgeous together.  I really love the way this turned out IRL, the pics came out a little funky due to my assy camera.  One of these days I'll get a good camera :)

I used:

UDPP to prime lid
MAC Fig. 1 applied with small crease brush to outer v and dragged onto lid, then blended out with a 217 brush (matte deep warmer toned purple)
Aromaleigh Rhinestone Housewife patted onto outer 2/3 of lid with small shader brush, blending into the fig.1 (softly frosted vivid orange-fuchsia with a magenta highlight and some sparks of pink)
Aromaleigh Zinnia patted onto inner 1/3 of lid with same shader brush, then patted lightly on top of the rhinestone housewife (So unique, this vibrant but soft coral peach turns into a blend of pinkish coral with a dominant violet iridescence.)
NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk dotted lightly onto tear duct area and then blended out
Some random soft white with slight shimmer patted over top of the milk pencil and blended slightly onto lid, also as highlight, it's a sample from somewhere but somehow got into an unmarked jar
NYX Black Applied with small crease brush to deepen outer V, then blended with a bit of the Fig. 1.  Also to line lower lashline (matte black)
Milani Eyetech  black liquid liner on upper lashline

Cheeks are NYX Peach and MAC MSF in Light Flush
Lips are Rimmel lipliner in Clover with a bit of MAC Cutester on top

Excuse the funky tail on my liner that didn't get filled in completel... and the smudge on the inner corner, I didn't use my usual cake liner in this look.

Thanks for looking darlins'!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Meow Cosmetics Easy Greens

Here is my quick and easy LOTD... and my first time using meow cosmetics shadows.  I'm feeling a bit sick and beat up by the cold I've been fighting all week, hoping I start feeling better soon.   I bought a bunch of samples a few weeks back and I'm just getting around to using them.  I really do love the colors I used today and found them quite nice in terms of application and blendability.  The shadows I used today are all from their modern eyes collection, which they describe as being a mid level shimmer.  I can't wait to try out the other colors!

I've been using my new Benefit Coralista blush everyday, I love it.... I especially love corally peach blush paired with green shadows.  The blush imparts such a soft glow and has just the right amount of pigmentation for lighter skin tones.  It also smells sooooooo good.

I used:

Monistat as primer
MAC studio fix powder - C2
Benefit Powderflage to brighten under eye area
Benefit Coralista blush
NYX Taupe to contour
Lips are MAC Shy Girl with NYX liner in Natural

NYX jumbo pencil in lemon (metallic green) on lid as base, applied with finger
Meow Evil patted all over lid on top of lemon pencil (bright green with gold shimmer)
Meow Magnificat  in outer V/crease and lower lashline (dark forest/emerald green with gold shimmer)
Some powder foundation to blend out crease
Meow Dr Zhicato blended onto brow and inner corner
Ben Nye Cake Liner in black to line upper lashline (w/ aromaleigh sealant)
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero on waterlines
Cover Girl Lash Blast

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Aromaleigh Brown Sugar

What a prettttyyyy color.  I took advantage of the 35% off rocks shadows at Aromaleigh and picked up a bunch of colors in F/S that I had earlier sampled.  One of the colors I got is Brown Sugar, it is such a lovely rosey neutral with gorgeous  green sparkles.

Here is what I used:

Monistat chafing gel to prime
MAC strobe cream
MAC studio fix powder in C2
Benefit Coralista blush
Lips are NYX liner in natural and MAC Shy Girl lipstick

Bare Necessity Cream shadow as base
MAC soft brown to in crease
Aromaleigh Brown sugar applied with damp brush to lid
Aromaleigh Willow to outer V/crease and outer lower lashline
Aromaleigh Googoomuck on lower lashline and waterline
Aromaleigh Alchemy on inner corners
Aromaleigh Oyster on brow bone and to soften edges of color
Gold Bliss gel liner on upper lashline
Ben Nye cake liner in black, very thinly on upper lashline

Color Descriptions:
Brown Sugar- sugary sweet rosy brown with green and blue shimmers. blacklight reactive
GooGoomuck- smooth but subtly shimmering greenish yellow.
Willow- A deep yellowish greenish brown (matte)
Alchemy-Shimmery white with coppery iridescence

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pink with Aromaleigh and MAC

helllloooo allll!

Here is a fun pink look using some Aromaleigh and some MAC shadows.

Here's what I did:
UDPP all over lid to prime
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Strawberry Milk, blended on to lid to just above crease with finger
Aromaleigh Little Craving ( Soft medium pink frost with a hint of buff undertone and a silvery highlight) patted onto lid with flat shader brush, leaving a bit on inner and outer corner uncovered
MAC Passionate (hot reddish pink, completely matte) applied to outer V with mac 217
Aromaleigh Ophelia (The sweetest pale baby pink with a dewdrop green highlight) patted and blended on to inner corner with flat shader brush
Aromaleigh Sand (matte lightest beige) blended on to brow with large shader brush, using to soften edges of pinks
Aromaleigh Ophelia to add some luster to the under brow area
Ben Nye Cake liner with aromaleigh sealant
Stila Kajal in Topaz on waterline

Cheeks are Aromaleigh Candy
Lips are Jesse's Girl Liquid Glass in Shock Wave and Prestige Lipliner in Diva
Foundation is Aromaleigh 1yl glissade 

The amazing glitter in this gloss isn't captured well in pics :(

The handsome and dainty Wally, acting extra frisky... especially for the old man that he is:

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Smokey Shimmery Greens

Hi all!

Here was my look for today, I had a very long day at work (as per usual), but my makeup held up nicely :)

I used:
Bare Necessity Indelible Cream Shadow as base all over lid
Pure Luxe Pandora (this is a shimmery, deep green which I'm pretty certain can be found almost anywhere, as it's probably a repackaged color but nonetheless lovely) patted onto lid with flat shader brush
Clinique mid tone matte brown (from Butter Pecan Duo)  in crease to create depth, and serve as blender color... applied with MAC 224
NYX black in outer V with MAC 217, and along lower lashline with MAC 219
Clinique matte off white (from Butter Pecan duo) on brow bone with large shader brush
MAC Gorgeous Gold (yellowy gold with green duochrome) on inner corners with soft pencil brush
Ben Nye Cake liner with Aromaleigh Sealant
Cover Girl Lashblast in black
Prestige waterproof liner in black on waterlines

Cheeks are Benefit Coralista
Lips are Loreal Colorstay in Smooth Nude

This look is pretty much identical to a tutorial I did a while back on YouTube, with a few substitutions.  Being that I'm feeling loopy and did a horrible job of describing the steps, you can watch the tutorial HERE :)

These last 2 with flash:

Three Things About Me :)

I saw this on Nea's Blog, and decided I needed to play along. 

Three names I go by:
1. Nina
2. Niku

Three jobs I have had:
1. Middle School English Teacher
2. Waitress
3. Indirect Sales

Three Places I have lived:
1. New York City
2. Upstate New York

Three Favorite Drinks:
1. Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi
2. Coffee
3. Water

Three TV shows I watch:
1. Lost
2. House
3. True Blood

Three Places I have Been:
1. Finland
2. Sweden
3. Mexico

Three people who text me regularly:
1. mom and dad
2. Co-Workers
3. My Brother

Three Favorite Old TV Shows:
1. Six Feet Under (not that old I know, but my fave show of all time)

Three Favorite Dishes:
1. Shrimp Scampi
2. Sushi
3. marinated grilled chicken

Three makeup/beauty products I can't live without:
1. Mineral foundation
2. Mascara
3. Black eyeliner

Three things I look forward to:
1. Moving somewhere else
2. vacation
3. each and every day

Everyone who reads this is tagged!

Monday, March 1, 2010

The famous MUFE #92

ooohhhhhhh, I longed after this shadow for so very long.  I kept telling myself that I really didn't need another purple, that this one couldn't actually live up to the crazy hype.  Well, I broke down the other evening and purchased it during a mini Sephora haul and I am so very glad that I did.  It is absolutely unlike any other purple that I own.  It is super pigmented and applies amazingly.
I also purchased Benefit's Coralista blush, and Powderflage.  I'm loving the Corlista, I have yet to use the powderflage.  

I used:
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Aromaleigh Ice (matte white) on inner corners
MAC Gulf Stream on center lid
MUFE #92 on outer lid and along lower lashline
Aromaleigh Moon as highlight
Ben Nye cake liner in black

Cheeks are Benefit Coralista
Lips are bare Escentuals Big and Healthy Buxom lipstick in Las Vegas