February 24, 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface- Swatches& Review

Probably every blogger, youtuber, makeup artist, you
name it owns a tarte blush! But they can be a little pricey ($26) so I leaped onto ulta.com when they had 20% off and knew I had to have one. I bought the iconic shade "dollface".
I get happy when I look at this little baby! It is round and pink! compact! gold writing! 
The shade I have is "dollface".
There are NO:
parabens, mineral oil, gluten and a couple of other chemicals
It IS:
cruelty free
It is like a powder compact meaning it has the blush on one side and a mirror on the other.
Just look at the design imprint! To me it looks like a path in the jungle. 
I was trying to show the color accurately.
Here is a thick swatch.
And then blended out.
On my pale skin it gives a lovely flush that looks not over done but healthy.
As the day wears on it stays very very well!

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February 23, 2014

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Eyeshadow Palette (Matte)- Review & Swatches

This palette costs $42 at Ulta.com or the It cosmetics website. I bought mine on sale for 20% off. It is an all matte eyeshadow palette with a "transforming pearl" shade to make eye looks shimmery. 
The box it came in is light pink with gold detailing. 
The back of the box matches the back of the actual palette. It has the little heart bunny showing cruelty free(No animal testing). There are .028 oz X 14 shades and 1.82 g ( 0.064 oz)for the transforming shade. 
The outside of the palette is a unique not velvety but sort of fluffy or plush feeling. 
With flash
Without Flash
Here is the first row:
Sheer Joy- Matte white (Doesn't show up on my pale arm)
Soft Light- Taupe with a hint of olive to it
Warmth- Light brown (Perfect for blending or crease)
Soulful- Pinky rose (used in two of my looks)
Mocha- A deeper taupe with a hint of green but does not look green on eyes or swatched out
Violet- A violet that is deeper and more pigmented than it seems! Be warned
Midnight- A deep navy blue that actually looks blue
Noir- French for Black
Here is another angle
The lighter ones are a little less pigmented but are great for people like me with pale skin since they can be warn on the lid-
Bottom to top- Sheer joy( barely visable)
soft light
Mocha, violet, midnight, noir
Second row:
Love- Light pink
Sunrise-Golden brown
Sunset-slightly hard to wear, reddish shade
All heart-Warmer pinky taupe
Java-Deep Brown- Not as intense
Iconic- Deep brown/Grey/purple hint
Transforming pearl-Pearly Shimmer Shade
Here is the second row (Slightly patchy without primer on normal skin but had used makeup wipes on first row)
love, sunrise, sunset, all heart, java, iconic, pearl
Here is the pearl over Java. It mutes out the shadow and makes it not that shimmery. The pearl is better used in the inner corner than on top of shades.

Overall: I recommend this if you either 
a) Don't have any matte eyeshadows
b) Are sick of chalky and dry matte eyeshadows (this one is very pigmented and creamy) 
c) Want to invest in a high end palette to accompany affordable eyeshadow
d) Love makeup and palettes!

Sorry for the poor quality. The lamp near my vanity broke randomly and now I am working with barely any natural lighting and flash.

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick- Pinched Pink- Review & Swatches

This cute little "master glaze" has been getting almost all great reviews. So I thought I would add the input of someone who has sensitive skin, that doesn't like cream products. Its only about $6 but is it worth it? 
I personally love the packaging and how cute and little it is. It is very street art like probably trying to target teens. 
It had a clear top that allows you to see the actual color. 
When you take off the lid and roll up the product, you can see that it is large packaging and little product. Very similar to the foundation stick they made a while back.
Here is a swatch on my arm, un-blended. The shade I have is Pinched Pink.
Blended out it is wearable and natural looking and not very dewy.
Here is one way to apply sweep on to cheeks and then blend with a stippling brush. (elf small stipple). Another way is to blend with fingers. 
Or use stipple or fingers from product to the cheeks.
Here is how it looks. Very girly, soft, and natural looking. However, there are small little glitters.

wear: So so lasts well enough but not all day long.
Aftermath: Broke my cheeks out so badly! Too many silicones to make it glide like a glaze. The next day I had lots of little bumps all around wear the product was. 

If you are acne prone do not even try this! If you are not, then it would probably be a good option for an affordable blush. 


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February 19, 2014

My Makeup of the day & Tutorial

This is similar to my it cosmetics valentines look but I am a little happier with this look. It is a pinky brown eye look that mathes well with rosy cheeks and lips.

After priming my eyes I took a pink with a slight glitter and placed it all over the lid as a base shade; smashbox "pink"
For my crease I mixed a matte pink and matte brown the shade is similar to makeup geek "cupcake"; I used it cosmetics "soulful" and "warmth"
To add a glow i took a light not too pigmented shimmery shade to blend everything together; smashbox "citrine" 
Then i took a matte white and matte light pink mixed on brow and a shimmery pearl for inner corner; it cosmetics "sheer joy" and "love" and then smashbox "pearl"  on inner corner
Here's how it turned out!

( With mascara in this pic)
The only eye brushes used were a crease brush( real techniques) a shadow brush (a tjmaxx brand) and an inner corner briuah (elf smudge)
Here are the products( not including some face products like foundation)
Face brushes- Real techniques- complexion sponge, multi task brush (blush), foundation (highlighter), and setting brush (powder under eyes)

I am very pleased with this look, it is what I'm wearing out to lunch with my family.

February 13, 2014

Valentines Look 2- Drugstore Full Face

So in the last post I used an expensive palette and this time it will be all drugstore makeup and a more shimmery look. Lots of pictures!!
Here's how it turned out, look below to find out how!

1. Prime eyes using Maybelline Color Tattoo in "Barely Branded"
2. Apply a champagne shade all over the lid to set the cream. Wet n Wild walking on eggshells eyelid shade.
3.  Blend a matte brown into the crease- taupe. Sonia Kashuk eyes on neutrals
4. Apply a purple to outer half of the lid to break the pink tradition. Wet n wild Petal Pusher Palette
5. Blend Blend Blend!
6. Apply browbone shade. Petal Pusher "white" browbone shade
7. Inner corner! Walking on eggshells browbone shade
8. Eyeliner. Jordana Shadow Stick in Prolong Purple
9. See how it looks and adjust whatever needs changing. I added more brown to my crease.

Here's the result:

Face products used:
Revlon Colorstay- Combo/Oily "ivory"
Rimmel London Powder
Maybelline Instant age rewind concealer "brightener"
Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick "Pinched Pink"
Lipgloss- discontinued

Elf small stipple brush- for blush stick
Elf small smudge brush- inner corner
Elf angled eyeliner brush-eyeliner
Real Techniques Crease Brush- crease
Cala (At tj maxx) eyeshadow brush- eyelid
Elf concealer brush- cream Eyeshadow