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!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Naked 3 Palette LOTD- Cat Eye


I was very happy with the way this look turned out, but not thrilled with how the photos came out.  My natural light photos come out so washed out, so I use flash and adjust the ISO and shutter speed to compensate- but everything comes out warmer than it should.  One day I shall figure it out. This look is a bit more of a dramatic eye, using only shades from Naked 3.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
MAC MSF Natural to set foundation
Aromaleigh Buff Blush on cheeks
NYX Taupe Blush  to contour

Coastal Scents Shadow Worx  to prime lids
NYX White base all over lids
Naked 3:
Strange on browbone
Dust on inner corners
Buzz patted all over lid, to just above crease
Limit  to buff out edges of lid color
Factory on outer edges and blended into crease
Blackheart on outer corners and nto crease to deepen, also along lower lashline
Nooner to blend out the edges of the blackheart
MAC Cream Liner Black, on upper lashline

 Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Plummy Pink LOTD- Aromaleigh Brainy is the New Sexy

More fun with Aromaleigh :)  I wanted to use Brainy is the New Sexy form the Sherlock inspired series, described by Aromaleigh as an english rose frost with golden highlights and tiny copper shimmers.  It is just such a pretty shade, as such I wanted to keep the look softer and really play up the pink girliness of it all.  Amazingly, I used no matte crease shades today and am still loving the look like crazy.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
Tarte Amazonian Clay Setting powder to set face
Rimmel Kate Lipstick #17
NYX Taupe Blush to contour

NYX White Eyeshadow base to prime lids
Urban Decay Strange from Naked 3 palette on inner corners, browbone
Aromaleigh Brainy is the New Sexy patted on outer 2/3 of lid, blended up above crease a bit
Aroamleigh Rabid.Feral.Mad patted on outer corners and blended into crease
Aromaleigh Drama Violet to deepen outer corners a bit and along lower lashline
Physcian's Formula Eye Booster Liquid liner Black on upper lashline

Doe eyed duckface, YAY

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Aqua and Purple LOTD- Aromaleigh Recreational Scolding

I am having so much fun with my new Aromaleigh samples!  After seeing the gorgeous swatches of the Sherlock inspired shadows on Facebook, I had to snatch up a few.  I have not done such a colorful look in a long while, and find myself reaching for more neutral hues more often than not.  Recreational Scolding inspired me to break the cycle of neutrals and go brighter for the day- and yes, I wore this to work!

As decribed by Aromaleigh, Recreational Scolding:A vibrant medium grape purple with subtle aqua iridescence.

So pretty!

Cover Girl Stay Fabulous in 810
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush on cheeks
NYX Taupe Blush to contour
Urband Decay Naked Gloss  on lips

Coastal Scents Shadow Worx Primer on lids to prime
Wet n' Wild Pride Palette matte midtone green, applied to crease with fluffy crease brush
Aromaleigh Recreational Scolding foiled on lid up to crease
Sleek Ultra Matte V 2 Palette matte teal on inner crease and outer crease
Inglot Matte Blackened Teal Color (dont know the number) patted on very outer corners to deepen slightly and along lower outer lashline
Physician's Formula Eye Booster Liquid Liner  black on upper lashline

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Workday Look With Aromaleigh and Coastal Scents Hot Pots


Here is a look I would typically wear on a work day. Though it uses quite a bit of shadows, it is quick to throw together as it doesn't require precision.  Using multiple matte browns from light to dark basically does the blending for you.  I have a ton of matte brown Coastal Scents Hot Pots in a palette which makes looks like these a breeze.  I love pairing mattes in the crease with a shimmery, glittery lid shade for a neutral look that is both work appropriate yet still not boring.

Cover Girl Stay Fabulous Foundation Shade 815
NYX Taupe Blush to contour
FYRINNAE Nordic Angel on cheeks
NYX Smokey Look gloss on lips

Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden to prime lids
Coastal Scents Hot Pots:
Oatmeal Tan (light peachy warm brown) applied with fluffy crease brush to crease and buffed up towards brow, quite blown out
Harvest Brown (midtone warm brown) applied with denser crease brush, less blown out to deepen crease
Choclatier (dark warm brown) with dense crease brush, focused on outer V and crease and lower lashline
Aromaleigh Everlasting Credit (beigey champagne gold with lots of colorful glitter) patted on lid with dampened shader brush
Makeup Geek Gel Liner on upper lashline (this gel liner applies like a dream but never fails to transfer on me by midday, I need to remember to wear this only on days I have a darker eyeshadow look on)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude LOTD- Warm Copper

I recently ordered several samples of the new Fyrinnae winter 2013 eyeshadows.  They are, as expected, beautiful and amazing quality.  One of these shadows is Fireside Interlude, described by Fyrinnae as:

Molten bright copper? Metallic gold on red? You decide. It is a firey, warm blend of hues with a metallic finish, and will appear differently depending on how it's applied, much like Mephisto. Great for "sunset" looks.

I have been wanting a gorgeous coppery shade, and this fits the bill.  It is truly a firey shade with strong orange tones which served to make my green eyes lean almost blue.  I went a little apeshit on my brows here, don't know what happened there.

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Buff/Sand Beige mixed
MAC MSF Natural dusted lightly to set foundation
MAC ProLongwear Concealer NW20 under eyes
Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Blush on cheeks (great color, but use sparingly as it really packs a punch)
NYX Taupe Blush  to contour cheeks
NYX Smokey Look gloss, on lips

Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden to prime lids
MAC Wedge lightly in crease 
Fyrinnae Automatic Toaster in outer V blended into crase a bit, and lower lashline (this seriuosly might be my new favorite brown)
Inglot DS 467 on inner corners
MAC Vanilla Pigment also on inner corners
Fyrrinae Fireside Interlude patted onto lid 
Makeup Geek Gel Liner  black on upper lashline
Ben Nye Toast  on browbone

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Naked 3 Palette LOTD

Here is another look using my new Naked 3 palette, I do like it quite a bit but I still think the original Naked is my favorite!  I've been doing quite a few looks with the Naked 3, yet when I photograph the colors just don't represent properly.  I'm working on fiddling with camera settings to finally get this right!

The Balm Time Balm foundation
MAC MSF Natural dusted on to set foundation
MAC Warm Soul Blush on cheeks
NYX Taupe Blush  to contour
Urban Decay Naked gloss on lips

UD Primer Potion Eden on lids to prime
Naked 3 Palette:
Burnout all over lid below crease
Buzz patted on outer half of lid below crease
Limit and Nooner in crease/transition color
Blackheart to deepen outer corners, lower lashline
Strange as brow and inner corner highlight
MAC Prunella liner on upper lashline, smudged out