Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rock Chick Barbie Look + AmpItUp

This look was inspired by a pair of hot pink 70's/80's rock chick boots that I had found.
Sense they were Barbie pink, I decided to go with a look inspired by her instead of one of the typical rock chicks (like Debbie Harry or Joan Jett). I really like how it takes your typical rocker chick look & makes it a little more bright & playful.

Products Used:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer
Sephora Smudge Brush
ELF Small Angle Brush
Loreal Eyeshadow Single in Raven
Studio Tools Crease Brush
Cover Girl Eyeshadow Single in Purple Pop
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Psychedelic Sister from Fun Palette
Forever 21/Love & Beauty Small Concealer Brush
NYX Eyeshadow Base in White
 Ms. Makeup Small Eye Shading Brush
NYX Eyeshadow in Cherry from trio TS13
Sephora Shader Brush
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Woodstock from Fun Palette
NYX Eyeshadow in Black from trio TS01
NY X Eyeshadow in Deep Purple from trio TS06
LA Girl Fine Line
Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner
ELF Lash Curler
Maybelline One By One Mascara
Gotta B' Urban Powder Brush
Ulta Cheek Color in Afterglow
ELF Blush in Pink Passion
ELF Kabuki Brush 
Forever 21/Love & Beauty Fashion Lashes
Japonesque Eyelash Applicator
NYX Lipliner in Pinky
NYX Lipliner in Fuschia

Amp It Up Products Used:

Studio Basics Double Ended Brush
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Jet from Black Palette
Generic Craft Store Brush
Sally Girl Gel Adhesive for Glitter
Sally Girl Sparkle Effects in Fuchsia-licous
Sephora Shader Brush
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Woodstock from Fun Palette
ELF Small Angle Brush
NYX Ultimate Pearl Eyeshadow in Black Pearl
Sephora Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil in Fuchsia Fever

I hope you girls enjoy this look! It's really fun & bright.
Feel free to leave me any comments with questions or things you would like to see.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ELF Studio Sale Review/Haul

 A few weeks ago ELF had a 50% off sale on their entire Studio line. I had been looking around for their flat top powder brush for quite some time (didn't want to pay the $7 shipping), so I figured I would order some stuff (& make sure that I saved at least the shipping price with the sale). Some of it was stuff I had seen some reviews on & was interested in trying. Some of it was just stuff that seemed like a good deal or I thought would be good to try. I always try to do fairly large orders with them due to the outrageous shipping prices. (can you tell that I really hate their shipping fees?)
Unfortunately they were sold out of quite a few of the things that I wanted to try, so I guess I will have to wait for the next good sale for those :(

I really don't like this at all & feel like it was a complete waste of money (even at $1.50). The primer is like a thin concealer mixed with cheap lip balm. It really makes it difficult to put lipliner on (as it just smears) & completely dulls out the color. It actually seemed to make my lipstick wipe off even easier then normal too. You may have to blot it off quite a bit to get it to work but, I just think that is a waste (especially when you don't with other primers). The plumper is just a cinnamon lip balm & didn't really do anything that I noticed (except make my lips burn like I've never felt before!). My boyfriend did like the smell more then my other lip products though, so I guess that's at least one positive.

I don't think that I liked anything about this. It was really dark (even though I bought the lightest shade) & seemed an unnatural color (I don't really know how to describe it). It was so creamy that it smeared every where.  The pencil was so thick that there would be no way to get any definition to your brows. The highlighter is just your basic pink toned cream eyeshadow stick. Too creamy & you can't really blend it.

This was already on sale for $10, plus the 50% off, so it ended up being only $5. That is really the only reason I got it. I don't normally buy palettes that have a lot of browns or light shades in them, because I never wear them & it just ends up being a waste of money. I figured that for $5 I could give it a shot & I wouldn't really be out anything. I am so glad I did. I love most of the colors in this. I only found one color that doesn't really apply well (one of the more matte pinks). It has a great gray gradation & some beautiful highlight colors & quite a few vivid brights too! The only thing it's missing is a really vibrant purple :( The texture is really smooth & isn't too soft or too hard like some of the beauty books I have tried.

I really like this little palette. It has 4 light highlighters that add just a hint of color. I have been using it in my inner corners, just to add a bit of shimmer & slight hint of color. If you lightly blend it over a darker shadow, it adds a slight duel chrome effect to it. So when the light hits it, you have a faint shimmer of color. I would not suggest it for under your brow though, it might be a little too much. The little brush that comes with it is the perfect size for doing my inner corners too, so I don't have to dirty an extra brush.

Pigment Eyeshadow in Passionate Purple & Naughty Noire
These are pretty good pigments. Good color payoff & lasting. I did find them to be a bit finer then other pigments so, make sure to use a good base to help them adhere. I wouldn't suggest using the brush they come with though, it's just too small.

This is a good dome brush. It's less dense & stiff then my other domed brushes so, it's good for slight blending or putting color in my crease.

 This is the perfect angle brush. It is thin, soft & dense. Not too stiff or flexible, just perfect. I have used it for my brows, smoking out my bottom lash line, & winging out gel & powder liner. I think that I need to order 5 more just because I have found so many great uses for it & am contently washing it out.

I will be ordering a few more of this brush too, just because it is so versatile. It works wonderfully for applying & buffing in powder (even full coverage powder), by it's self or over foundation. It gives a beautiful finish when used to put on foundation (I have tried it with mouse, liquid, cream, & powder) & buffs out the edges better then any of my other brushes. You can use it to stipple on foundation for a fuller coverage or you can lightly buff for a medium to light coverage. I really have fallen in love with this brush. Plus, the larger size cut my foundation routine time in half!

I didn't like this brush. It doesn't really seem to blend out foundation & gives it a strange, uneven finish. I tried it for contouring & it worked ok but, I think there are better brushes out there for it. All in all, I just wasn't impressed.

I was hoping that maybe this could replace my old one that I can't find anymore. It's not as dense but, is just as soft. I think that it's a good general kabuki for buffing powder out but, maybe not dense enough for putting on loose powder & buffing it into the skin. Not bad though.

I'm still getting the hang of this brush. I've never used a brush that is shaped like this. It works ok for getting a good rounded point on my brow bone. I have also tried it for contouring my nose & found it easier to use then a blending brush. I wish it was a bit smaller but, so far I like it & am excited to see what I will be able to  use this for.

This brush doesn't really work for foundation either. It is not dense or stiff enough to blend out the heavy cream or liquid formulas that I use. However, it is great for brighter blush. It is small enough that you can really concentrate the color on the apples of your cheeks but, blends out the edges beautifully.

I did get some non-studio eyeliners because I had heard such amazing reviews on them.

Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Black, Plum, & Midnight
These really are as good as all the reviews say they are (for a change).  They go on completely smooth, last all day, & don't smudge at all. These have replaced my LA Girls Fine Line as my new favorite pen liner. The only thing that I think I should mention is the colors. The plum is just your basic dark purple, midnight is kind of a dark black with a very slight dark blue undertone (you can see that it's blue if it's layered with blue eyeshadow), & the black is more of a dark grey. The plum & midnight are FAR darker then the black. So if you were looking for a great black pen liner, I would suggest getting the midnight.

I hope this helped you girls.
If you would like to see anything reviewed, leave me a comment & let me know! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Josie Stevens Inspired Look

I did this look after Josie Stevens; who is married to Steve Stevens (Billy Idols guitarist) & was on the show Married To Rock. She Very quickly became my favorite on the show because of her bubbly attitude & love for Hello Kitty. She really made me like her even more because is always herself (even when others tell her not to because of the way they think things should be) & has fun with it. She doesn't let others weigh her down & she enjoys her life, as all of us should. I think that these are important things that we can all keep in mind from time to time.

Products Used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Urban Decay Eyeliner in Zero
Sephora Smudge Brush
Studio Tools Medium Shadow Brush
NYX Eyeshadow in White (from TS01 Trio)
NYX Eyeshadow Single in Frosted Lilac
Ulta (Pencil) Smudge Brush
CoverGirl Eyeshadow Single in Purple Pop
Studio Tools Blending Brush
Ulta Eyeshadow Single in Plum Noir
Revlon (Angled) Shadow Brush [I got this a long time ago in a travel set, 
so I don't know if you can get this exact one anymore]
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Jet (from The Black Palette)
 Generic Small Shadow Brush (I got this with a purchase I made online, 
so I don't know what kind it is)
Physicians Formula EyeBrightener  in Natural Eyelight
Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit Highlighter in 01 Light
Studio Basics Eyeliner Brush
 HIP Metallic Shadow Duo in Platinum
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Black Dog (from The Black Palette)
Sephora (Bent) Liner Brush
Wet & Wild Gel Eyeliner in Black
Urban Decay Eyeliner in Zero
Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara (I was trying this out & really didn't like it so, 
I wouldn't suggest it. Just use the other one over your normal mascara)
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
Gotta B' Urban Powder Brush
Ulta Cheek Color in Heartbreaker
NYX Lipliner In Dolly Pink
NYC Lipstick in Snowcone
ELF Hypershine Gloss in Blossom

I hope you girls enjoy this!
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment. (I know that I had to speed it up & edit it down quite a lot)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Amp It Up- Smokey Rocker Eye Inner Corner Color Highlight

Just a quick tutorial to add a little variation to to smokey rocker eye! This is one good way to add a pop of color to a dark eye & make it stand out a little bit more. You can keep a little more open space on the corner when applying your gray to make to color a little more vibrant as well.
I will be doing a whole series of these for the rocker eye & other looks that I will be creating tutorials for.

Products Used:

Studio Tools Concealer Brush-I like the shape, density, & size of this brush for doing this type of accent.
Ulta Eyeshadow in Turquoise- I also really like Covergirl Aqua Paradise (690) & Indigo Impact (450), & NYX Lime Juice
Ulta Cheek Color in Infatuation
Covergirl Outlast Lipstain in Teasing Blush

I hope you guys enjoyed the first Amp It Up!
If you have an idea for a Amp Up, leave me a message!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Love It Or Ditch It- Ulta Review/Haul (February 2011)

Just a few quick reviews on my recent purchases from Ulta! Found a few new favorite things & a few things that I don't get what all the hype is about. I tried to go through these fast but, still had to break it up into 2 parts.
Part 1

Loreal Voluminous Extra Volume Collagen Mascara- $9
Stilla Trendsetting in Tokyo Palette- $10
Kiss Nail Artist Set- $7
NYX Glitter Mania in Disco Ball- $3
Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Pressed Powder in Translucent- $14
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder Set- $6
NYX Eyeliner in Purple- $4
NYX Lipliner in Dolly Pink- $4
Studio Basics Retractable Eye Shading & Detailer Brush- $5
NYX Candy Glitter Liner in Lavender & Disco Queen- $5 each
Maybelline Define A Brow- $7
NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Chaos- $5
Palladio Lip Stain in Orchard- $6
NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Dolly Pink- $6
Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Eye Corrector- $12
Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in One Last Lonely Glitter- $8

Part 2

NYX Ultimate Pearl Eyeshadow in Black Pearl- $7
NYX Eyeshadow Single in Frosted Lilac- $5
NYX Eyeshadow Trio in 01(white/gray/black) & 13(cherry/cool blue/hot pink)- $8 each
NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in  Purple Pearl & Black Pearl- $3 each
 NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa- $6
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk- $5
Two Faced Shadow Insurance- $18
FX Flat Iron Spray- $4
Neutrogena Combination Skin Moisturiser- $10
Loreal Elnett Satin Hairspray- $15
Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Hot Rollers- $37

If you have any questions about a product listed above (I know I went through them really fast) or are interested in me doing a review on specific product, feel free to leave a comment below or on my facebook page!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Eyeshadow Primer VS Base... What's the difference?

Are they the same thing? No.
A lot of times these two things get confused as being one in the same. While they may seem similar, they have completely different purposes.

Primers create a barrier between your skin & your product. They are used to help eye shadows keep from creasing on your eyelid, (most of the time) make your eyeshadow blend easier, & often make the colors more true to their pigment (since your skin is not absorbing the product & your natural skin oils are not distorting the color). Sometimes they also correct any pigmentation that you have on your lid to ensure an even wash of color. Primers tend to dry to a somewhat powdery finish. You can use a concealer set with powder as an eye shadow primer but, I find the real deal to work better if you tend to have oily lids.

Eyeshadow bases are used to help products adhere to your skin &/or create a base color for your eyeshadow. You can use a shimmering base to liven up a flat shadow, a white base to make a color more vibrant, a dark base to darken up a shadow, or a colored base to add an undertone to a shadow. You can use an actual eyeshadow base, a pencil or gel eyeliner, one of the many cream eye shadow sticks available, or a potted type cream eyeshadow. If you are trying to adhere glitter, I suggest using a base made specifically for this. They come in glosses, gels, balms, & clear drying glue types (like a lacquer or sealer) or you can use eyelash glue (this does take quite a bit of practice to get right though). Many bases make it difficult to blend colors, so I suggest pushing eyeshadow into it, rather then swiping it across, & then blending. Eyeshadow bases also tend to crease, so putting a good primer underneath is important.

I hope this answers any questions you had about the difference between these two products.
Feel free to leave your questions or comments below or on my facebook page!
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Perfect Everyday Smokey Rocker Eye Tutorial

It's time for my first tutorial!!! YAY! This has been a requested look & my staple everyday look. I tried to explain everything well but, if you have any questions feel free to ask me. This look is completely adaptable to your taste & style. If you feel the colors are a little dark, you can use lighter versions of them. I will be doing a series of short tutorials on how to add color & adapt this basic eyeshadow look as well.

Products Used:

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Noir- This is my favorite upper lash line eyeliner because you can smudge it out without it smearing everywhere or disappearing.
Sephora Flat Smudger Brush- Studio Tools also makes a good one just check the stiffness of the individual brush before you buy.
Ulta Professional Potted Eye Primer- Make sure to use a eyeshadow primer, not a base!
Studio Tools Crease Brush- The perfect dense blending brush. Plus it's slightly pointed which helps.
Palladio Baked Eyeshadow in Gun Metal- My favorite eyeshadow for above the crease.
Ulta Eyeshadow in Granite- Any slightly darker eyeshadow will work.
Covergirl Eyeshadow Single in Shimmering Onyx- Any soft black to really dark gray. I also like NYX Ultamite Pearl Shadow in Black Pearl or Essence Colour & Shine in Pretty Rockin' for a little bit of shimmer.
Generic Fluffy Flat Shader Brush
CQ Eyeshadow Single in Champagne- Sold at Walmart, I like this one because it gives a very sheer wash & not too much color or shimmer that will look unnatural.
Forever 21 Angled Eyeshadow Brush- The perfect flat brush with a little bit of width to it. They come in the 5 piece brush sets that are in the plastic pouches.
Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner in Jet Black- Smooth but doesn't smear.
Covergirl Lashblash Fusion in Very Black- The perfect base maskara. It defines & adds volume.
Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies in Blackest Black- Adds the perfect amount of thick volume to the outer corners.
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Miami Strip- Perfect highlighter to brighten around the eyes. I only use the top 3 strips of color on this.

I hope you guys enjoyed the first tutorial!
I hope that there will be many more to come soon.
If you have any looks you would like to see, leave me a message!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Love It Or Ditch It- Collective Review/Haul (February 2011)

Just a few quick reviews on my collective purchases from February! Found a new favorite & a few things that are a complete waste of money.

Incolor Fabuliner- Walgreen's $2
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny 720A- Target $3
Sally Girl Sparkle Effects Loose Glitter in Midnight Blue- Sally Beauty Supply $1
ELF Bronzing Brush- Target $1
ELF Studio Tools Blush Brush- Target $3
Palladio Eye Ink in Eggplant- Sally Beauty Supply $6
Milani Lipflash in In A Flash- Walgreen's $7
NYC Lipstick in Snowcone- Target $2 on clearance
So Easy Rhinestone Box A- Sally Beauty Supply $17 with Sally Card

If you have any questions about a product listed above or are interested in me doing a review on specific product feel free to leave a comment below or on my facebook page!