Monday, February 28, 2011
The 190 is MAC's basic paddle-shaped foundation brush with synthetic fibers. It's nothing amazing- I just use it for initial application of my liquid and cream foundations... It does exactly what it's supposed to do- apply and distribute the product. But then if I want very even coverage and a flawless finish, I'll buff it out with either the 109 or the 187. The 190's size is perfect- It's big enough to get all over your face pretty quickly but it's small enough for detail work... Sometimes I'll use it to apply cream products like moisturizer, primer, cream blush or cream contour and highlight products... It's a good brush to have if you just need something to put your foundation on, but it's not completely necessary... And there are better brushes out there for foundation application. I just bought it to use with my MAC liquid foundations... And of course, we all know MAC brushes last a long time because they're very well-made, even though you can probably find something out there that'll do the same thing for much less... Let me know what you think about MAC's 190 :]
Another brush I consider necessary for a perfect smokey eye is the Pencil Brush, and MAC's version is the 219. It's a small pointed brush that's great for blending eyeliner into eyeshadow. I like to apply a black pencil liner to my lashlines then blend smudge it all out using the MAC 219 with a black eyeshadow. You can also use this brush for precise application- like when you need to put shadow only in the outer V or the inner corner. If you love the smokey eye look, I totally recommend trying this brush out, it's amazing :]
Thursday, February 24, 2011
MAC's Contrast eyeshadow is another gorgeous dark color that I've been wearing for years. It's a very very dark cobalt blue with dark blue reflects. It's perfect for doing a smokey eye, especially a dark blue smokey eye. I've heard of a lot of people wearing Contrast as an eyeliner because of it tends to pop a little more than a flat black, and the subtle sparkle is nice along the lashlines. I recommend Contrast to anyone looking for a very dark sparkly blue eyeshadow :]
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
St. Ives Apricot Scrub is a product I've been using OBSESSIVELY for years now. Many many years. This is my favorite exfoliator ever and I could literally talk all day about how amazing this product is!!! I've tried all different kinds of exfoliators from different companies like Origins and Chanel and Neutrogena and Aveda and the Body Shop... but I keep coming back to my St. Ives. I don't know if I could live without it hahahahaha... I use this stuff whenever I feel like I need a really good cleansing, which is usually about 4 or 5 times a week. The actual exfoliant in this product is tiny tiny microscopic ground up walnut shells, suspended in a very moisturizing cream. Apricot Scrub takes off all my makeup, invigorates and refreshes my skin, and leaves it feel super smooth and soft and even kinda moisturized. I've found that using this stuff over the years has really helped improve my skin quality. There are different formulas of Apricot Scrub made for sensitive skin, mature skin, cleaning and clearing breakouts, and stuff like that. I totally recommend this stuff to anyone who likes to exfoliate and keep their skin fresh and clean ;] Let me know if you use this product too, and what you think about it!!!
Bella Bamba is Benefit's latest boxed blush... and the packaging finally comes with a mirror in it!!! It's described as a watermelon pink with gold micro-shimmer. Bella Bamba is a gorgeous Spring/Summer color and I can imagine it being cery flattering on all different skin-tones... I love how this stuff will instantly brighten your face up, and it really helps define your cheeks a bit. The gold shimmer in it is gorgeous and not too overwhelming. I think Bella Bamba is sorta similar to Orgasm by NARS, but Orgasm has a little more peach in it. I don't like the box packaging that Benefit puts their blushes and bronzers in... the cardboard feels cheap and the shape/size of these things is big and bulky... I prefer a sleek black mirrored compact... But to each their own. Bella Bamba is a really fun bright pink but there are already so many other bright pinks out there that I don't find myself using it that often.... It's not really very unique. Let me know if you like Bella Bamba... Is something I should be paying more attention to? Or is it just another pretty pink? If YOU happen to like it, you can check it out at Sephora!!
Hoola is a really nice natural looking matte bronzing powder by Benefit. I like that it's not too light and not too dark. You can choose to either sweep it on very sheerly on places where the sun would naturally hit your face, or pack it on all over for a really beachy bronzey tan. I use Hoola to contour sometimes, when I need just the right amount of color. I'm not a big fan of the cardboard packaging and the tiny little flimsy brush, but the bronzer itself is just the perfect tan color with just the right amount of pigmentation so it doesn't make you look muddy or sunburnt. I like that it's just a light brown, and it's not really too pink or too orange or too yellow or anything like that. Anyone else love Hoola? You can pick it up for $25 at Sephora, and the link is provided below :]
I've been buying a lot of different types of mascaras lately trying to figure out which particular one works best for me. Of course I want my lashes to be longer and thicker and darker and I want them to curl and I don't want my mascara to smudge or run or transfer at all. I also want my mascara to stay on all day and night until I take it off before I go to bed. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I really wish all mascaras would do exactly what I wanted them to... But only in an ideal world.... My two current favorites/most used are Maybelline's The Falsies and Dior's original Diorshow Mascara. I love them both... I really don't notice too much of a difference... then again I can't really tell the difference between a lot of mascaras... So I'm thinking... Is there really that much of a difference!?!? Did I pay an extra $20 for one because the tube is covered in D's? What do YOU ALL think? Are most mascaras just about the same!? Or are they all very different from each other? Can YOU tell whether I'm wearing a $6 mascara or a $36 dollar one? I know the brushes are different most of the time, but the formulas seem to be pretty similar to me. Let me know what YOU think. And let me know what your favorite mascara is, whether it's drug-store or high-end :]
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I went to the mall today and I picked up some new makeup... One of the items being the new Viva Glam Gaga II Lip Glass :] I bought the lipstick a few days ago and I'm totally in love with it, so of course I needed the lipglass to wear over it :] The lipglass is also a gorgeous light to medium nude... very neutral... and like most MAC lipglasses, has a very small amount of micro-shimmer running through it, which is unnoticeable when on the lips. What I love most about this particular lipglass is it's PIGMENTATION!!!! Finally a lipglass that can stand on it's own :] In the past I've been kinda disappointed by so many lipglasses that look so gorgeous on the tube but show up as a clear gloss on the lips!!! VVG2LG is a really pretty creamy kind of nude that adds dimension to the lips... I've been trying to stay away from the washed out/zombie lip look lately, and this stuff helps mute the lips a bit and adds a gorgeous sheen to the lips... And OF COURSE it looks great with a smokey eye :] Okay I've babbled on long enough about this stuff. Let me know what YOU think of it :] Is it JUST another nude? Is it too dark or too light for your skin-tone? Do you feel like this stuff washes you out?
I'm always talking about my favorite makeup, but I thought for once I'd talk about a drink I'm currently liking a lot. Coco Rico is a delicious natural coconut flavored soda from Puerto Rico. I buy this stuff whenever I see it cuz it's soooooo good... They sell it at lots of international grocery stores... including Asian supermarkets that I frequently shop at... I've always loved fresh coconut water... There's something so refreshing about it... Coco Rico tastes very similar to natural coconut water but it's carbonated and a lot sweeter. Apparently Coco Rico has been around since 1935. There are 40g of sugar in a 12oz can... Which is about average for any soda... but I like that this stuff is actually made with really cane sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. I think you'd like this stuff if you like anything coconut flavored or if you're into unique sodas... Soooo.... has anyone else tried this? What do you think about Coco Rico?? Lemme know :]
Monday, February 21, 2011
Revlon Colorburst lipsticks are amazing quality for the price... They're really smooth and creamy and highly pigmented. They're very inexpensive- You can pick them up at Wal-Mart for like $7. My favorite one is in Soft Nude, which is a light creamy beige color. It's an exact dupe for MAC's Creme d'Nude lipstick. This color is pretty light so it can very easily wash you out and make you look kinda dead if you don't wear it correctly. To keep myself from looking like a zombie, I like to wear Soft Nude over a medium nude lipstick, like Honeylove or Hug Me from MAC. Soft Nude looks great worn under all different types of lipglosses... I like mixing it with everything from nudes to peaches to pinks. If you do wear it on it's own though, you should probably just put on a little bit of it onto your lips and then blend it out with a lip brush or your finger. If you're at Wal-Mart or CVS, I totally recommend you pick this lipstick up! You can never have too many nudes :]
Flowerbomb is a fragrance that's been getting a lot of buzz lately. It's a nice Floriental/Gourmand scent. I like it, but I wouldn't say it's my favorite. It's a very pleasant perfume, with notes of Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, and Patchouli. Yeah, it smells good. But it's not exactly all that unique. It comes in an extremely gorgeous grenade-shaped bottle, but the scent itself is just mediocre. A lot of people have described Flowerbomb as being very overwhelming. I feel like that's what Viktor & Rolf were kind of going for though... Think about it... Flowerbomb- An explosion of flowers. Yeah, I guess that's kind of what it smells like. It's not too strong though. It's pretty versatile so I like to wear it when I'm doing things around the house or going out. It's a really nice addition to a fragrance collection but I don't think it's one of those perfumes you absolutely must have... What do you think about Flowerbomb?
I was just browsing some pictures from runway shows when I noticed the makeup trend at Alexander Wang's Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear show. It features a very clean monochromatic face with very bold, dark eyebrows. There's perhaps a bit of very light contouring and highlighting. I personally like this look a lot because it's very simple and very androgynous. It's sort of harsh and not the most flattering of makeup looks but I like to take ideas from one look and mix it into another look. Alexander Wang wanted his audience to pay more attention to the clothing in his collection than the makeup on the models, and this edgy look totally complemented the dark, futuristic androgynous collection. I think I would wear this look to run some errands like go to the grocery store or to the mall to pick something up. If you're not gonna be doing much, I think it'd be nice just to have foundation and powder all over the face and really strong brows. That's just me though. Let me know what you think about this makeup trend/look...
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Turkish Delight is undoubtedly NARS' most popular lipgloss. It's a gorgeous "pink sorbet" color and it's pretty sheer. I would say that it's a light creamy baby pink and I think it's pretty flattering on all skintones. Personally, I like to wear this over nude lipsticks, but it looks good paired with anything, and it even looks good on it's own. Lots of celebrities are known to wear Turkish Delight- Kim Kardashian wears this stuff religiously. I love Turkish Delight, but I don't think it's really all that amazing and unique though. It's not that hard to find a flattering sheer baby pink lipgloss, in my opinion. But I love all NARS products and this does look particularly great when you have a smokey eye and lots of bronzer on (my fave look) so I totally recommend everyone at least try this stuff out :] It's a bit pricey at $25 but you get what you pay for. NARS lipglosses are not sticky at all, and really have no scent/flavor. Turkish Delight is really easy to wear and really gives that extra oomph to your face when you really need it. If you want some sexpot lips a la Kim Kardashian, try this stuff on next time you're at Sephora or Nordstrom<3333
Saturday, February 19, 2011
I went to the mall yesterday and when I was at Nordstrom OF COURSE I had to go check out the new Viva Glam Gaga II Lipstick because I had seen swatches of it online and I KNEW that I'd love it. I DID. OMG. This is TOTALLY my favorite lipstick right now :] It's SUCH a gorgeous nude for my skintone... Viva Glam Gaga II is described as a light neutral pinked beige. I feel as though it's more of a medium nude though, with subtle peach undertones. Seriously I feel like it's the nude lipstick I've been waiting for for all of these years. I know it looks a lot like many of MAC's other nude lipsticks, but this one just seems to be perfect... And the formula is Amplified so it's super-pigmented.... I don't have to build this stuff up like lots of other lipsticks. The texture of this lipstick is super creamy and moisturizing... I seriously can't say enough about VGGG2 :] And of course I love the fact that 100% of the proceeds of MAC's Viva Glam products are donated to funding for AIDS research. I recommend this to anyone that likes warm-medium beige nude lipsticks... Anyone that wants to help fund AIDS research, and anyone that loves Lady Gaga<333 I'm probably gonna go back to the mall later on a pick up a few more of these :]
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Freckletone is another one of my favorite nude lipsticks from MAC... I love how moisturizing the formula is. It's a gorgeous peach-toned medium nude with a luster finish. I especially like wearing this stuff in the daytime or whenever I don't really need that much coverage, just because it's kinda sheer. It feels really smooth on the lips and even looks kinda glossy. It's a gorgeous Spring/Summer color just because of all the peachy tones in it. I use this lipstick a lot just because of how natural/neutral it looks and I love ANY hydrating lipstick :] Anyone else love Freckletone? :]
Honeylove is the first lipstick I ever bought from MAC... I was still in high school when I started wearing this shade. It's a gorgeous warm-toned medium nude with just the right amount of pink. It's one of those awesome nudes that doesn't wash you out/make you look like a ghost. I especially love wearing this lipstick when I have a tan. It looks great as a base lipstick for a nude lip- I like to wear Myth or Creme d'Nude over it a lot of the time. It has a matte texture but it's not drying at all. I personally feel that Honeylove is flattering on a broader range of skin-tones and loves great alone or under a nude gloss. It's still one of my go-to lipsticks after all these years for a reason :] Anyone else love Honeylove? Check it out when you get the chance... you just might love it!!!!!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Baby Its Coal Outside by OPI was released in 2008 as part of the OPI Holiday in Toyland Collection. It's a beautiful dark charcoal-black with silver and other multi-colored micro-shimmer heavily loaded in the formula. Baby It's Coal Outside is pretty intensely pigmented because this stuff shows up as opaque pretty easily. I would consider this stuff to be the nail polish version of MAC's Blacktied eyeshadow. I love how sparkly this polish is :]
OPI released Light My Sapphire in their Spring 2007 Night Brights collection. It's a gorgeous black nail polish with dark cobalt blue shimmer. I have an immense appreciation for any dark polish and I LOVE all shimmery black polishes. Light My Sapphire is the nail polish equivalent of MAC's Contrast eyeshadow. I totally recommend this stuff to anyone that loves black or dark blue nail polish :] Do you love it? <3333
Midnight in Moscow is from OPI's 2007 Fall/Winter Russian collection. This is my FAVORITE nail polish ever. It's simply DIVINE!!! It's a beautiful vampy color- it's a rich charcoal black laced with some deep red micro-shimmer. It appears to be mostly black but when you look at it close-up or under a bright light, you can really see how gorgeous the red micro-shimmer is. I only ever wear black or white nail polishes and I especially love when they have a bit of shimmer in them. Midnight in Moscow is the nail polish equivalent of MAC's Beautymarked eyeshadow... I love them both dearly<333 Soooo let me know what you think? What's your favorite OPI nail polish? :]
I've been wearing MAC's Studio Fix Fluid for a very very long time. I've loved this stuff ever since I started wearing makeup years ago. This is MAC's most popular liquid foundation and it's been around for a very long time. I love that it's got medium to full coverage- when you wear this stuff, you really don't need to wear any concealer because this covers up everything. It evens out skintone perfectly and it blends out pretty nicely. The coverage is buildable so you can keep applying this stuff in smalls amounts until you've reached the amount of coverage you want. This foundation contains silicone so it pretty much has a built-in primer, and I feel that it really fills in/smoothes over flaws. An amazing thing about this foundation is that it photographs beautifully!!! It has a gorgeous matte finish but looks a little more dewy over the course of the day as your natural oils come out. A lot of people with acne-prone/sensitive skin hate this product because they claim that it makes them break out, but I've never experience any breakouts when wearing this foundation. It's oil-free and has an SPF of 15. Some people say that they don't like how this stuff smells but I really like the smell of it. MAC's website claims that it lasts for up to 8 hours. I agree to an extent- it really depends on your skin-type and how often you touch up, and stuff like that. MAC has an extensive amount of colors/shades of this foundation ranging from very very light to extremely dark. Anyone else use MAC's Studio Fix Fluid? Have you ever had any bad experiences with it? What do you love/hate about it the most? Let me know :]
One particular drug-store lipgloss I've really been enjoying lately is Revlon's Super-Lustrous Lipgloss in Peach Petal. It's a gorgeous creamy/milky peachy nude lipgloss with no shimmer. This stuff is absolutely amazing!!! It looks a lot like MAC's Florabundance Lipglass, but I tend to use this stuff more often though because it's not sticky as all. It's so smooth and creamy and actually feels kind of moisturizing. Peach Petal looks gorgeous over peach, nude and pink lipsticks, and it even looks awesome on it's own :] The Super-Lustrous Lipglosses are only like $6 or $7 and come with 5.9 ml of product... and they have a bunch of pretty colors out. And did I mention? This stuff has SPF 15 in it!! I love it when products have a little bit of sun protection in them. Revlon has really been stepping it's game up lately... I'll definitely be picking up some more of these next time I'm at Wal-Mart or CVS.... Anyone else love Peach Petal? What's your favorite color of Revlon's Super-Lustrous Lipglosses?
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Poison is a very romantic fragrance that was launched by Christian Dior in 1985. It's been classified as a luxurious, oriental, floral fragrance and is very well-known as being both provocative and intense. I've been wearing this iconic perfume on and off for years, ever since I was a very little kid - I absolutely LOVE it. I've always had an appreciation for more dramatic fragrances, and Poison is truly that.
I feel that it was very appropriately named because it is a very dark, macabre perfume. It's a great perfume to wear at nighttime. It's notes are orange blossom, honey, cinnamon, coriander, pepper, plum, rosewood, rose, tuberose, wild berries, cistus labdanum, carnation, jasmine, cedar, sandalwood, vetiver, musk, vanilla, heliotrope and opopanax. If I had to sum up this scent in three words, I would say that it's dark, spicy, and fruity.
I love how it's an extremely unique scent - you really won't find anything else out there that smells like Poison. And although Dior has launched a few re-interpretations of Posion, like Hypnotic Posion, Tendre Poison, and Pure Poison, I personally feel like none of these are anywhere near as beautiful of a scent as the original. Although Poison is not a scent made for everyone, it really has made a name for itself over the years.
Friday, February 11, 2011
"L" L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani is a very fresh, clean fragrance that came out in 2007. I especially like wearing this fragrance during the Summer months because it's so refreshing. I don't wear it often, but when I do, I go all out. I like to layer this scent to make it last longer - I use the body wash and body lotion too if I know I'll be wearing this scent that day.
It's a very floral scent with just a touch of fruitiness that has been described as being a fusion of masculine and feminine. It's main notes are "sparkling green freshness” and “leafy water hyacinth." Additional notes include freesia, pear, violet leaves, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, sweet pea, orange blossom, frangipani blossom, peach skin, heliotrope and musk. I love that this scent is fun and light but also lasts for a while on the skin, and the dry-down is lovely<3333 The packaging for this perfume is just SO gorgeous... It's a huge square-shaped rasta-colored (red/green/yellow) bottle with a gigantic golden cap and L.A.M.B.'s "L" theme is very apparent throughout the packaging. Anyone else out this love this stuff? Or do you find it to be a bit too strong? What do you think of the bottle? Let me know :]
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
I was at the Chanel counter checking out their latest collection and swatching lipglosses when I came across this beautiful Glossimer. Sunset Gold appears to be a gorgeous glittery golden light-bronzey apricot color. I swatched it, and thought it was gorgeous. I'm not one for bronze on the lips, but this wasn't dark and muddy at all and I thought it would add the perfect color/dimension to deepen/warm up some of my favorite pale nude lipsticks like MAC's Myth and Creme d'Nude. It was very pricey at $30 but I don't mind paying that much for a high end gloss if the color is gorgeous and the formula is silky and not sticky. For some reason makeup always looks better in the store than it does once you take it out into the real world hahahaha... and Chanel's packaging is soooooo pretty that I sometimes can't say no to certain items, lol...
Although I was initially impressed with this color, it shows up clear on my super-pigmented lips. It just gave a little bit of shine and not even all that much shimmer or glitter. It didn't do much over lipsticks either. So this color is not really one of my favorites right now. I was hoping for more than Sunset Gold was will to offer. Chanel Glossimers seem to be pretty hit or miss for me. I tend to find more of them that I love that dislike though. I guess I'll just use this stuff on top of a medium nude lipstick in the place of a clear gloss. I like that it's not sticky but I was really hoping for more pigmentation and a prettier effect. I have more than enough clear/sheer glosses. But, the packaging is super luxe, and you can never have too many lipglosses, sheer or not, so I'll keep Sunset Gold around just because it's pretty and looks good with all the rest of my Glossimers :] Anyone else have Sunset Gold or a similar color? What's your favorite Chanel Glossimer?
I had heard so many of my favorite makeup people on YouTube talk about how amazing and exceptional Feline Kohl Power by MAC was, so I made sure to call my local Nordstrom and have them put one on hold for me as soon as MAC's Champale collection came out like a month or two ago... I was all excited when I got it... I'm always excited to try new things, especially when I hear a lot of buzz about a product. I swatched it on the back of my hand when I got home. It was just as gorgeous and dark and pigmented as everyone had always described it. Yes, it glided on effortlessly and smudged like a dream. But what so many other people LOVE about this eyeliner, I didn't really like. Although I do love a messy, sexy, edgy rock-chic smokey eye, I also love for my eyeliner to set finally, and stay on as long as possible. That will not happen with this product. Even when I put a primer underneath of this stuff and set it afterward with a black shadow like Carbon or Beautmarked, this stuff still moves around on your eyes and will leave you with raccoon eyes by the end of the night, or even after just a few minutes. Because it's so silky smooth and greasepaint like, it really warms up when it gets on your skin and gets all over the place, so you really have to control where you put this stuff. I find that I really don't even like to use this stuff all that much on my tearstrip either, because it doesn't stay there long and transfers everywhere. Sometimes, however, I do want a really messy smokey eye with eyeliner all over the place, so I will use Feline well-blended underneath some dark shadow, so this purchase wasn't a complete loss I guess. I probably won't ever repurchase it though because I barely ever use it and there are so many other things out there that will actually stay on my eyes long enough.