Saturday, April 27, 2013

Spring Is Finally Arriving

Here are some photos from my yard this morning, its lovely to see all the flowers starting to bloom.  This is my first spring since we bought our new home, and its a lovely surprise to see blooms in places I was not anticipating :)  We've done just a bit of work in the yard so far, still have plenty to do with clearing brush and getting the grass in shape.  The fence has been completed so the dog and little one can roam free.

This bush looked so ratty and barren all winter, I have no idea what type it is but I expect it to be even more beautiful once fully in bloom:

Close up of flower from above bush

Chloe, the daredevil
Weeping Cherry Tree

Juno, the magnificent

Cuteness, personified

Wet N Wild LOTD- Comfort Zone


Today's look uses pretty much all drugstore products and is a quick, easy everyday type of look.  All of the shadows pretty much come from one shadow palette- The Comfort Zone palette from Wet N Wild.  All products but the cheek highlight are drugstore. I've long been a fan of WnW shadows, though I find myself reaching for the older Color Icon range more frequently as they include both frosty and matte shadows.  These newer ones have lovely shades, with excellent color payoff, but are lacking the matte shadows that I have become habituated to incorporating into my looks.  Ideally, an eyeshadow palette should include all shadows needed to complete an eye look.  My usual eyeshadow ritual generally includes matte shades in the crease and on the brow bone, with the shimmer shadows on the lid only.  I like the contrast of textures this method provides, as well as the way mattes provide depth that shimmer can't quite.  That being said, I only reached for one shadow outside of this palette today, and that was the brow bone highlight and I survived without the matte crease colors.  I like this for an everyday, work day type of eye.  How do you all feel about matte vs. frosty shades?

Revlon Colorstay Whipped- Buff and Nude mixed
NYX Taupe powder blush to contour
WnW Pearlescent Pink Blush on cheeks
Lorac Perfectly Lit Luminizer in Radiant on cheek bones
Rimmel Kate Lipstick #14
NYX Brow Powder Duo- blonde on brows

Coastal Scents Shadow Worx to prime lids
WnW Comfort Zone all shades from the left side of palette (or the bottom row the way it is pictured below)
NYX Highlight on brow bone
Physician's Formula liquid liner pen in black on upper lash line
Maybelline Gel liner- Black on waterline
Cover Girl LashBlast Volume mascara

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I've Got A Crush On You

I purchased the Guilty Passions crushed metallic pigment set as a gift for a friend during christmas- I loved one of the colors so much that I ended up getting another for myself.  The shade I fell for is called- I've Got A Crush On You and it is one of those ruddy brown with blue green interference that is really quite dupe-able.  In fact, I have a few in my collection that made this purchase really quite unnecessary- I'm just a sucker for cute packaging ;)

First dupe:  L'oreal HIP loose pigment in Intrepid
Second dupe: Wet n' Wild Comfort Zone Palette it is the darkest shade on the right side of the palette.

Either of these two would work perfectly in this look!

Revlon Colorstay Whipped in Buff and Nude mixed
NYX Taupe blush to contour
MAC Warm Soul blush on cheeks
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating gelee powder on cheekbones to highlight
MAC Pro-longwear concealer under eyes
Rimmel East End Snob lip liner all over lips
NYX Beige gloss on top of liner

Coastal Scents Shadow Worx primer
Coastal Scents Hot pot in Oatmeal Tan as blender/transition color (warm light matte tan)
Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Coconut Husk to deepen crease (warm mid tone matte brown)
L'oreal Le Grand Kohl in black smudged from lashline to crease
MAC Crushed Metal Pigment I've Got a Crush On You, patted on top of black liner and blended up to crease (metallic ruddy brown with teal duochrome)
MAC Vanilla pigment to brighten up tear duct, inner corners of eyes
Ben Nye Toast  on brow bone (matte ivory)
Maybelline gel liner on waterline, and blended out to lower lashline with a bit of the mid tone brown from CS to buff that out
MUG Corrupt to line upper lash line (matte black shadow)
Cover Girl LashBlast Volume Mascara

Wanted to show off my new top from H&M... and this pic really shows off the pretty sheen of the Estee Lauder highlight

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Monday, April 22, 2013

MAC Let's Skate Paint Pot

I bought Let's Skate PP last year on ebay as it was released during a holiday LE promo, and I wasn't smart enough to grab it then.  It happens to be available again right now and it is absolutely gorgeous!  It is described on MAC's site as a pale pink with pearl.  It is pearly, but I'd say the word glittery is a much better representation.  It is so gorgeously glittery!  I used it in today's look as the star of the show, and paired it with some purples for this pretty cat eye look.

Revlon Colorstay Buff/Nude mix applied with synthetic flat top kabuki
NYX Taupe Blush to contour
MAC Warm Soul Blush on cheeks
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess illuminating powder gelee on cheek bones
MAC Prolongwear concealer under eyes

Lips are NYX Beige gloss

Scotch Tape for sharp edges
Coastal Scents Shadow Worx to prime
MAC Let's Skate PP on lid from lashes to crease
MAC Soft Brown in crease
Wet N Wild Lust Palette- Mid tone purple (Fig 1 Dupe) on outer corners blended in towards lid Darker purple to deepen a bit and along lower lash line.  Vanilla color on brow bone and inner corners of eyes
NYX Luxor blended lightly to ease the transition between darker purple on outer corners to lid
Physician's Formula liquid liner (calligraphy style pen- love love this stuff) on upper lashline
Maybelline Black Gel liner on waterlines
Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Lime Green and Teal w/ Fyrinnae

I so love this color combo!  Was feeling bright and glittery so I grabbed some of my new Fyrinnae colors.  This look incorporates Fyrinnae's new colors- Oh, My Stars and Gender Bent from the 1960's retro collection.

Oh, My Stars is described on their website as - Brilliant lime green filled with violet and purple sparkle. The opposite of Polyester Witch. 

Gender Bent is described as- Vivid, somewhat shimmery teal graced with bold orange sparkle. The opposite of Pop Art Mini Skirt.

Love them!

MAC Painterly PP as base all over lid
ELF matte light teal from colorful palette blended into and just above crease
NYX Teal liner smudged all over lid to just below crease
Fyrinnae Gender Bent patted all over lid blended into crease color
NYX white liner smudged onto tear duct area and inner lower lash line
Fyrinnae Oh, My Stars patted atop the white liner
MAC Plumage blended onto outer corners and into crease to darken, smudged along lower lashline
Ben Nye Toast on brow bone
Physician's formula Black liquid liner on upper lashline
Cover Girl Lashblast mascara
Anastasia Brow Wiz light Ash on brows with some NYX Brow powder in blonde

Cheeks are MAC Warm Soul

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fyrinnae Serendipity


I recently purchased several shadows from Fyrinnae, and while I love them all, the one that stood out to me the most is the one that was sent as a free sample. This shadow is called Serendipity and is described on their site as follows:  (Formerly "Te Amo") This shade is a glowing iridescent copper highlight, almost ghostly, despite how photos make it appear. A sticky base makes more color come though, but it works well and "glows" over regular primers. Depth of hue may appear to vary slightly due to translucent dark base.  

I absolutely love it! It is warm, and glowy and so different than any other shadow I own.  It has such a beautiful coppery aura to it while still being a very work appropriate neutral.  I paired it with some warm, matte browns for a sultry and smoky eye.  This is day 2 in a row that I sported this look!

I used:

MAC Painterly Paint pot as base all over lid
MUG Purely Naked in crease, blended and faded up towards brow bone (satiny Tan)
MUG Latte to deepen crease and outer V (matte medium brown)
MUG  Mocha to further deepen crease and along lower lashline (deep matte brown)
LA Splash glitter adhesive patted with finger onto lid below crease
Fyrinnae Serendipity patted atop adhesive on lid
MUG Shimma Shimma on inner corners (metallic champagne)
MAC Vanilla on brow bone as highlight
Physician's Formula Liquid liner on upper lashline
Maybelline Black gel liner on waterline and buffed slightly onto lower lashline
Cover Girl LashBlast Mascara

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Buff
MAC Pro Longwear concealer under eyes
NYX Taupe blush as contour
Benefit Coralista Blush on cheeks
Rimmel Eastend snob liner all over lips topped with NYX Beige gloss

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Unexpected Twilight


The weather is just glorious, I have the day off.... it doesn't get better than this!   Today's look involves some taupe-y mauve-y shades and a bit of glitter!

Coastal Scents Shadow Worx eyeshadow primer
Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow in Tough as Taupe applied with finger to lid from lashes to just below crease
MUG Twilight patted on top of Tough as Taupe (twilight is a pale shimmery muted mauvey pruple)
MUG Unexpected to crease and as blender/transition color (matte pale pink brown)
MUG Corrupt in outer V and along lower lashline (matte black)
MUG Shimma Shimma inner eye (pale metallic champagne)
Barry M Glitter dust in #15 patted lightly on lid for some sparkle (white gold reflects glitter)

Cheeks are MAC Warm Soul, Lips are Rimmel Airy Fairy

Here's me looking like I'm enjoying my day off a little too much ;)

Monday, April 8, 2013

MUG Appletini

Hello All!

Two green looks in a row!   Makeup Geek's Appletini is a lovely shade, and like all of the shadows I've tried from MUG, it is both creamy and highly pigmented.   In fact, today's look uses all MUG shadows, I was inspired to bring out my MUG palette because I ordered a few more shadows this weekend- excited to try them out!!

UDPP to prime lids
NYX white eyeshadow base from lashes to brow
MUG Appletini from lashline just up to crease (shimmery apple green with flecks of gold)
MUG Purely Naked in crease (shimmery tan)
MUG Bada Bing in outer V and along lower lashline (deep brown with flecks of gold)
MUG Shimma Shimma on inner corners (metallic champagne)
MUG Vanilla Bean on brow bone (matte cream)
Physician's Formula Liquid liner on upper lash line
Rimmel waterproof kohl liner in black on waterlines

Rimmel Matche Perfection Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte powder to set
Benefit Coralista blush
NYX Taupe blush to contour

EEK!  And a miserable full face, its the best I got- shoulda put on some lippie!

What do you guys think of MUG shadows?  Have you tried any?