October 23, 2009

On- Trend Runway Vampy Red Lips

*Disclaimer- lips are darker in person! The camera flash has altered the color a bit. Also- application was pretty sloppy! I simply applied this over my existing makeup with no prep. You'll get a more seamless result with proper preparation. See what I have to say about recreating the whole look, and if requested I'll do this properly!)

Out of boredom, I decided to put on these deep red lips late last night! I was inspired by this Smashbox Video I saw a few months ago. I wanted to recreate the lips using less expensive products. Actually, I think it would be cool to do a whole face inspired by this look with cheaper products!

I used the following NYX products:
Burgundy lip liner around my mouth, and a little filled into the lips.
Dark Brown Lip liner outside of the Burgundy liner (because I lined outside my lips! ooohh!)
Black Label Lipstick in Black Cherry
Lip Gloss with Megashine in Orchid.

NYX Cost:
NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Burgindy and Dark Brown, $6 ($3 each)
NYX Black Label Lipstick in Black Cherry, $7
NYX Lip Gloss with Mega Shine in Orchid, $5
Total Lip Cost: $18 (and you can subtract $3 if you are staying inside the lip line and using only one liner!)

Smashbox Cost:
Smashbox Lip Pencil in Dark, $16
Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Marvelous, $22
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Sultry, $18
Total Lip Cost: $56

Bonus! I also used Black Cherry as a cheek stain, just as the Smashbox MA, Lori Laylor, used Marvelous as a cream blusher.

Let me know if you like this- maybe I will do the entire face!

October 19, 2009

Tarte Treasure Chest Eye #3

I applied silver snowflake over my lids.
I applied a light layer of medium gray into the crease, and intensified it slightly by blending in a bit of charcoal.
Lining the eyes with a mixture of NYX purple liner and ELF mineral liner in midnight created a cobalt color, and set with evening twilight, I have a nice blue shimmery line.

I lined my bottom lashes with medium gray and then deepened the intensity of the line by adding a bit of night sea as close to the lash line as possible.

On my cheeks I am wearing ELF Studio Blush in Mellow Mauve (should have just used the mauve color in the palette- but for some reason I picked up the ELF blush!). My lips are glossed up with the TTC gloss that is in the top row, fourth over.

October 18, 2009

Tarte Treasure Chest Eye #2

*For e/s color names, click HERE*

UDPP was my primer of choice.
I applied ballet slipper as a shadow base. Vibrant purple was applied to the crease and outer "v" and blended inward.
Glistening grape was applied to the crease and outer "v" and blended inward and outward.
I then applied a bit of berry tarte strategically to deepen the outer "v" just a bit.
A bit of silver snowflake and pink fizz were applied to the center of my lid for sparkle.
The eyes were lined with ELF Studio Brown eye pencil and cranberry pops was applied over the top.

The lower lash line is lined with berry tarte and softened with caramelized sugar.

On my cheeks I am wearing ballet slipper with a bit of the pink hilight over.
On my lips I am wearing the brown shimmery gloss in the fourth row, the third one in.

I know I look like emotionless in the picture below but I had a hard time getting good pictures today- so this was the best one showing the full face of makeup!

This eye look could have been much more bold by using color bases or by foiling the shadows. 95% of my makeup is still packed up so I just made due with what was in my travel kit. I will definitely do some that are more intense once I am settled in my new place and have access to all of my cosmetic resources...! For now I am still sitting on the bathroom floor, looking into the sliding closet door mirrors to do my makeup ;)

Have a lovely Sunday!!

October 17, 2009

Tarte Treasure Chest Eye #1

*Note about color names- the eye shadows are not named. I named them myself. You can see the colors that correspond with the colors by clicking HERE.*

I started out by applying fair skin hilight from lid to brow.
Then I applied
medium gray on my lid up to my crease.
I lined my upper lash line with ELF Studio black eyeliner, and smudged it. I set the smudged line with evening twilight. I blended it out with night sea and followed the blending with martini garnish.
Then I applied
gold dust from the middle of my lid to just above my crease.
I applied a little
silver snowflake in the middle of my lid for some sparkle.
I lined my lower lash line with ELF Studio eye liner in brown.
I added peppermint cocoa on top to set the line. I blended the peppermint cocoa with spun caramel.
I then applied a little silver snowflake to the inner corners of my eyes. Mascara= Benefit Bad Gal Lash.

Over my foundation, on my face I am wearing the Park Ave. Princess Bronzer and the Pink Hilighter. I am not sure how I feel about the bronzer yet...! I am wearing the pink blush (First one of the four). The lip gloss I am wearing is the lightest color in the fourth row of the lip glosses. It lightens my lips ever so slightly.

With the exception of my eye brows, foundation and concealer, these are the brushes I used to apply everything from the Tarte Treasure Chest:

Hope you liked this! More looks to come ;)

October 15, 2009

Tarte Treasure Chest- Get It Now!

I had been eyeing several Tarte eye shadow palettes, but when I saw this on Sephora's website I HAD to order it!

The packing is so- so, but I have to say that the silver stitched jewel top of the box looks a lot nicer in person. I may depot these in the future to preserve their integrity.

While the packaging is a bit cheap, the products inside are lovely!

*The Eye Shadows are full size and contain 1.75 grams of product*

Top Row- Shimmer Eye Shadows:

*Please excuse the arm hair! It is blond and not very noticeable in daily life- but a close up photo makes it VERY visible!*

All of these colors swatched beautifully with minimal effort. They are a bit soft and creamy. A few colors required a bit of building, but none were bad.

Second Row- Matte Eye Shadows:

The matte colors overall required a bit more effort to build (minimal effort!) and the only color that had poor color payoff was the white.

Third Row- Lip Glosses:

They are all sheer, moisturizing glosses. Unless you're wanting either a barely- there glossy look or sheer berry or red lips, I would recommend using these over lipstick. Some have a bit of shimmer, some are cream colors.

Bottom Row- Bronzer, Hilight, Blushes:

Obviously these are swatched more intensely to represent the color. All of these had wonderful payoff. I would probably apply the blush with a light hand, both due to the high pigmentation and level of shimmer.

I will do an in-depth review after I've had a chance to wear these for a day. I am sooo excited and can't wait to experiment with the eye colors. I am wishing I had the prior holiday palettes!

So far my only con for this palette is that the Eye Shadows, Blushes and Lip Glosses are unnamed. I am thinking of naming them myself!!! Let me know if you have name suggestions ;)

Picture Info:
All pictures taken with daylight through the skylight in my bathroom.

Swatch Info:
Eye Shadows, Bronzer, Hilight, and Blushes swatched over NYX Concealer in a Jar in Fair. Applied using the ELF eye shadow blush.
Lip Glosses swatched over clean, dry skin. Applied using a lip brush.

From the Sephora Website:

This set contains:

- 16 All New, Full-Sized Shimmering Tarte Eyeshadows
- 16 All New, Full-Sized Matte Tarte Eyeshadows
- 16 All New Tarte Lipglosses
- Best-Selling Mineral Powder Bronzer In Park Ave Princess
- All New Soft Pink Luminizer
- 4 New Powder Blushes

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Petro-chemicals
- Phthalates
- Sulfates
- GMOs
- Triclosans

What else you need to know:
This limited edition, Sephora exclusive bejeweled kit with mirror is an annual best-seller—and this year it's 30% bigger for the same great price! The products are dermatologist tested and free of preservatives, gluten, talc, glycols, MEA/DEA/TEA, and formaldehyde donors."