May 23, 2011

Wet N Wild Color Icon Customized Neutrals & Colors Palette

It is rare for me to purchase eyeshadow at the drugstore, but I've been really excited to try many of the Wet N Wild Color Icon Shadows since they have received so much praise. One of the reasons I hate drugstore eye shadows is the packaging... So I found a solution and de-potted the pans to create a custom palette!

Using 6 Wet N Wild Color Icon Trios and one Eyeshadow Collection I created a neutrals and colors palette I can't wait to start using!

The WnW Trios and Eyeshadow Collections I used to create this are:

-I'm Getting Sunburned 334
-Silent Treatment 335
-Walking On Eggshells 380 B
-Sweet As Candy 381 B
-Cool As A Cucumber 382 B
-Knock On Wood 383 B
-Don't Steal My Thunder 385 B
-Comfort Zone 780

By glancing at the pans you might think there are several duplicate colors, but when swatched, you'll find subtle variations that make each color special and unique.


I owned the Walking On Eggshells for several months and loved it, and based on my swatching experience I think I will love most, if not all of the colors as much as the ones from my first trio.

What do you think of WnW shadows? Do you hate the packaging too? Or is it worth putting up with for such a great product?

P.S. the photos above were taken with my new camera... in manual mode! I am still learning but hopefully my photos will be improved over time. I'm learning as I've never had a DSLR camera before - and have no photography experience outside of point and shoot cameras. Wish me luck!

April 17, 2011

Vanity Organization, FOTD and "Project X Pan" Update

I have gone through several variations of makeup vanities and internal storage, but I think I have finally found a solution that works for me! I wanted to share some quick pictures to begin with, and if there is interest I can do a longer post on the vanity itself and / or my storage solutions. Let me know what you think!

Drawer #1:
Everyday face products, blushes and eye bases that are not in palette form. And yes, to the left - my birth control! What can I say, it is a convenient place to keep it :)

Throughout the drawers you will see that there is room to grow, and that's the way I like to keep it!

Drawer #2:
Lipsticks, glosses, lipliners, eye liners, stick eye bases, lash adhesive, lashes.

Drawer #3:
Brush roll for storing brushes that are not in use, Bare Minerals eye shadows and complexion enhancers, brush cleansers and some fragrance rollerballs.

The acrylic trays that I use are stackable, so I can fit more in less space ;)

Drawer #4:
Palettes (MAC, Inglot, Nars, Urban Decay, NYX and some Custom made ones) to store eye shadows, blushes, and other face products

Probably one of the best items I used while reorganizing my vanity was this kitchen shelf liner... It makes a HUGE difference in preventing items from moving around, and it also looks cool beneath the clear acrylic.

And... A Sunday afternoon F.O.T.D. after a 4.5 mile hike (lookin' a lil scrubby but I still have most of my "face" on!)...

Project X Pan update... This probably deserves its own post, but I started out really strong, and then I broke!!! Inglot's shopping site launched, and I had to buy a couple palettes... Then, I got a VIB coupon from Sephora, and I just couldn't take it!!! I have been focused on using up items, and have been good about that, but I am still buying new things from time to time. For right now I am putting that project on hold, but maybe I will decide to commit some time this year and really make a dent!

March 27, 2011

NYX Lip Liner Overview

Over the last couple years I have collected quite a few NYX lip liners. In my opinion, this is NYX's best product. While the textures and pigmentation vary slightly from shade to shade, in general these lip liners are creamy, pigmented, and long lasting. The bonus with these lip liners is the price tag - these are often sold between $2.50 - $4.00 at most retailers that stock them. In short, I highly recommend trying them out.

My favorite shades are: Pale Pink, Nude Pink, Mauve, Rose, Dolly Pink, Burgundy and Coffee.

Pinky Nudes/ Naturals

is light tanned beige color with a warm undertone.
Pale Pink is a cool pastel pink with a hint of beige.
Nude Pink is a warm light peach with a hint of beige.
Natural is a neutral mid tone peachy brown.
Peekaboo Neutral is very similar to nude pink, except it has stronger beige undertones.
Mauve is a mid tone pinkish- brown with a slightly purple undertone.


Tangerine is a light peachy coral with subtle shimmer. This liner is a bit dryer, harder to blend and is not as pigmented as others.
Nectar is a peachy berry color with subtle shimmer. This liner is also a bit dryer, but not as fry as Tangerine.


is a pale frosty pink. This liner is dryer in texture, is harder to blend and is not as pigmented as others.
Citrine is a mid tone warm pink with subtle shimmer. Citrine is dryer in texture, but not as dry as Flower.
Rose is a mid tone warm pink with peach undertones. Rose is very creamy and easy to blend
Dolly Pink is a mid tone cool pink with blue undertones. Dolly pink is creamy, but as creamy as Rose, although it is very easy to blend.
Pinky is a dark hot pink with red undertones. Pinky is very creamy and easy to blend.


is a mid tone orangey red with subtle shimmer. Pumpkin is extremely smooth and creamy, so it is not quite as long lasting as others.
Hot Red is a cherry red that works well with both reds and dark pinks.
Burdundy is a deep wine colored red with neutral undertones.
Deep Purple is a is a very deep wine red with purple undertones.


Coffee is a mid tone peachy brown with neutral undertones.
Cocoa is a mid tone brown with warm undertones.
Dark Brown is a rich, very dark brown with cool undertones.


Pinky Nudes/ Naturals

beige - pale pink - nude pink
natural - peekaboo pink - mauve


tangerine - nectar


flower - citrine - rose
dolly pink - pinky


pumpkin - red
burgundy - deep purple


coffee - cocoa - dark brown

March 16, 2011

Brush Drying Frame

This will be a quick post!

I asked my boyfriend to make me a brush drying frame so I could dry my brushes head-down after washing them, and I was constantly annoyed at how much space my brushes take up if I have to wash and dry a few dozen at one time...

So here is the finished product! The brushes are suspended by rubber bands, which are hanging from thumb tacks. It works really well! I am going to store it in my closet on my dresser, so my brushes are out of sight while they're drying.

(and I might paint it so it looks a little prettier!)

March 13, 2011

The New Urban Decay Naked Palette?

My palette arrived so much faster than I anticipated!

Because of the coverage this palette received on blogs, I knew exactly what to expect...

But I was surprised! My palette did not come with the double-ended zero/ whiskey 24/7 eye liner. Instead it came with a brush:

Is this palette overrated? Absolutely not- every color in this palette is awesome, and I wouldn't change a thing.



And my eye look/ F.O.T.D. after trying it for the first time:

I highly recommend this palette. Hopefully it will come back into stock soon!