Friday, May 31, 2013

Shany Cosmetics The Masterpiece 7 Layer Makeup Palette & Swatches

I was not a stranger to the Shany Cosmetics The Masterpiece 7 Layer Makeup Palette by the time I saw it in person at IMATS. I had seen the palette on a couple of Youtube videos. I instantly knew the palette and I were meant to be until I saw the price. I knew the price was a small obstacle standing between me and the palette and that one day I would have one. When I saw it at IMATS I knew my time had come. It was on sale for $50 and being that this was such a steal for all of the products in the palette my dream finally became reality.

The Shany Cosmetics The Masterpiece 7 Layer Makeup Palette contains 7 layers or trays and they are as follows:

1. 28 Bright Eyeshadows - Reds, Oranges, Yellows
2. 28 Eyeshadows - Browns, Greens, Blues
3. 28 Eyeshadows - Blues, Purples, and Silvers/Grays
4. 28 Autumn Eyeshadows - Golds, Oranges, Neutrals
5. 32 Lipgloss Shades - White, Gold, Pinks, Oranges, Reds, and Neutrals
6. 15 Concealers - Ranging from Light to Dark
7. 6 Blushes - Pinks, Orange, and Neutrals

You basically receive 7 different palettes in one. You get 4 full sized 28 Eyeshadow Palettes for a total of 112 eyeshadows! Also a 32 Lipgloss Palette, 15 Concealer Palette, and a 6 Piece Blush Palette ( the blushes are huge)! If you purchased these types of palettes separately you would probably pay about $140. I know as I have bought similar palettes separately and they typically go for $20 each.

Each palette contains a wide range of finishes. There are mattes, shimmers, stains, and glitters. I have finally started using my palette and I can say that thus far I am pleased with my investment. The shades have good staying power, are very pigmented (while swatching it took a bit of scrubbing to remove them from my arm), contain a wide variety of colors, are perfect for a makeup beginner, collector, or artist. The only thing I have noticed so far is that some shades are powdery so can be messy, break easily, or have a little fallout. It is best to use a light hand when picking up the shades on a brush.

This palette is still available for purchase on Shany Cosmetics website (www.shanycosmetics.com). It is regularly priced at $98 but is on sale for $75. It may seem a little pricey but is worth it if you can afford it.

My favorite parts of the palette are layer 1, 4, 5, and 7. If anyone has this palette I would love to hear your thoughts. Below are random swatches from each layer of the palette.





















Thursday, May 30, 2013

Milani Cosmetics Naturally Chic Shadow Eyez Swatches

Below are the swatches for 4 of the limited edition Milani Cosmetics Naturally Chic Shadow Eyez.

10 - Almond Cream 
11 - Sand Dunes
12 - Golden Bronze
09 - Cafe Au Lait








Almay Intense i-color (smoky-i for browns)

Smoky eyes are all the rage these days. When creating a smoky eye you can experiment with the shades that you want to use. Almost all makeup brands have created a palette for smoky eyes. Some have different palettes depending on your eye color.

Let's face it that's great, right? This takes the guess work out of which shades you should use to create a smoky eye. Instead you now have all the colors needed to create a smoky eye at you fingertips. Even better most times the palette has a diagram telling you where to place the shadows on your eye. This is pure genius if you ask me.

These palettes may have been created with a specific eye color in mind, but this by no means limits them to a specific eye color. These really are versatile to other eye colors. For example, purple shades are great for making green eyes pop, but then again they are also great for brown eyes.

Anytime I am told not to do things of course my curiosity is piqued and I want to do them :) so by being told this palette is for brown eyes I say psssh I will rock these babies. I have green eyes and I will not be limited to palettes designed for green eyes.

Almay is a drugstore makeup brand but does have great quality makeup. They are one of my go to drugstore makeup brands along with Milani and Wet n Wild. They are affordable, have great pigmentation, and have long lasting staying power.

Today's Face of the Day was created using the Almay Intense i-color #401 smoky-i for browns.

Brow Bone & Inner Corner - lightest cream shimmer shade at the top of the palette
Crease & Under the Eye - medium purple shimmer shade in the middle of the palette
Lid - darkest brown shimmer shade at the bottom of the palette

Have you tried any of the Almay Intense i-color palettes?












Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wet n Wild Coloricon The Gilded Age & Everything Under the Sun

Last night I stumbled across two palettes I have from the Wet n Wild Coloricon line. The last time I wore these was on a day that was very special to my heart and therefore these have huge sentimental value. Both of these are discontinued summer palettes that are very shimmery and quite lovely.

The first is a Wet n Wild Coloricon Trio Palette number 33579 The Gilded Age and the other is a Bronzer number 33581 Everything Under the Sun. I actually got these last year on ebay since they are discontinued.

If you find that you are interested in these palettes You're in luck, I checked ebay and some sellers have them available. Currently there is one listing for the Gilded Age Trio with a starting bid of $5.99. There are currently 7 listings for the Everything Under the Sun Bronzer with the lowest price at a buy it now of $4.99.

I can't tell you how many times I have found I have liked and wanted beauty items that other people have blogged or Youtubed about and have no idea where to find them. If it all possible I will try to provide you with possible places you can purchase the items I show.

Quick words about these palettes. They both contain all shimmer colors. They are all highly pigmented and long lasting. I haven't noticed any fallout. The Bronzer can also be used as individual eyeshadows.

Today's Face of the Day was created using the following:

Wet n Wild The Gilded Age Trio ( I know it's a little traditional but I actually used the shadows in the places designated in the palette)
Wet n Wild Everything Under the Sun Bronzer

Brow Bone & Inner Corner - Champagne Shimmer Brow Bone Eyeshadow
Crease - Brown Shimmer Crease Eyeshadow
Eyelid & Under the Eye - Gold Shimmer Eyelid Eyeshadow
Cheeks - Bronzer

What are your first impressions of these palettes?









Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Just call me a rebel. I like to live life on the edge. I actually bought Urban Decay's Naked Palette about a year after I purchased the Naked 2 Palette. The truth is the average person probably doesn't need both palettes, but who wants to be average?

There was a lot of hype centered around the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. My curiosity was getting the better of me so I researched the palette online an even paid it a visit at Sephora. The palette is $50 which can be a pretty big hit for any item at one time. I saw the palette as an investment in my beauty future and so you can guess what I did next. Yes I bought the palette. Let's face it the palette really is worth the price, the shadows are great for everyday, and they are just downright beautiful ( I even had James Blunt's song Beautiful running through my head).

Now this brings us to the Naked Palette. Well I purchased it for the same reasons that I purchased the Naked 2 Palette. Honestly I bought it because my Naked 2 Palette was lonely and needed a friend. Ok seriously I bought it because I had a gift card and I believe the palette chose me. I am a collector of makeup and felt I needed it for my colossal collection.

Believe it or not I have had the palette since Christmas and today's the first day I used it. I know tsk, tsk, but I have a lot of makeup and sometimes forget what I have. In comparing these two palettes the Naked Palette has more taupe like colors whereas the Naked 2 Palette has more bronze like colors. Both palettes contain 12 beautiful shadows, they are matte and shimmer, and they are by Urban Decay so you know they are awesome.

Today's Face of the Day was created using the following:

Urban Decay's Naked Palette

Virgin - Brow Bone & Inner Corner
Sidecar - Lid & Under the Eye
Buck - Crease
Naked - To Blend out the Crease

Which Naked Palette do you prefer?








Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Milani Naturally Chic - Day 2 & Holy Grail of Makeup Update

This morning I wasn't feeling overwhelmingly inspired to do any specific makeup look. Since I still had my Milani Naturally Chic Shadow Eyez and Runway Eyes in makeup bag I figured it was a no brainer. Plus I wanted to try out my new Shadow Eyez in 12 Golden Bronze.

Yesterday I was so thrilled and convinced that I had stumbled upon the holy grail of makeup. I am reluctant to admit that unfortunately this isn't the case. The Almond Cream Shadow Eyez I used in yesterday's look basically is comparable to Milk by NYX. I would be interested to know other's experiences with it. After about 6 hours I noticed slight creasing which grew progressively worse.

Now with this being said I haven't completely written them off yet. I feel that they haven't been given a fair chance yet. One crucial tidbit to remember with any primer or base is that quantity is key. This means that less is more :) You can use a good primer or base and accidentally use too much product which can result in creasing. It is always best to start out with a little and go from there based on the results. In addition you want to make sure that the product is completely blended.

For today's Face of the Day I used the following:

Runway Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in 19 Naturally Chic
Shadow Eyez in 12 Golden Bronze

Brow Bone & Inner Corner - Shimmery Champagne (1st shade in palette)
Lid - Shadow Eyez in Golden Bronze (used as a base) & Shimmery Golden Bronze (6th shade in palette)
Crease - Light Matte Brown (3rd shade in palette)
Under the Lid - Shadow Eyez in Golden Bronze & Shimmery Golden Bronze above to set it

What has your experience been with Shadow Eyez?











Monday, May 20, 2013

PHAMExpo

If you're like me you are thinking what is PHAMExpo and what does it have to do with makeup? Well my dear readers PHAMExpo stands for Professional Hair and Makeup Exposition. It is an event geared towards beauty professionals, students, and makeup lovers.

PHAMExpo offers classes, events, and products. Many beauty products are available for purchase at a discounted price. There will be many beauty exhibitors each with their own booth. Many beauty pros will also be in attendance. Basically think IMATS.

PHAMExpo will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 29th and June 30th this year. Tickets will be on sale for $35 until May 27th. They will then be priced at $45.

Here is a list of some of the exhibitors that will have booths:

Inglot Cosmetics
Lime Crime
Lit Cosmetics
M-A-C Pro
Mehron
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Stila Cosmetics
Sugarpill Cosmetics
Z-Palette
Yaby Cosmetics
Naimie's Beauty Center which will have products from Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Too Faced, Laura Mercier, MakeUpForEver, Lorac, and Kryolan.

For a full list of exhibitors and to purchase tickets visit:

www.phamexpo.com

I want to attend PHAMExpo for the mere fact that some of the booths at IMATS earlier this year were so crowded and had insane lines that I ended up passing them up. After looking at the exhibitor list it appears the same ones will be there. Aw decisions, decisions.

Have you been to PHAMExpo? How would you compare it to IMATS?

Everyday Makeup and The Holy Grail of Makeup

Keep your fingers crossed. I am hoping to have finally stumbled upon The Holy Grail of Makeup.

I received my Milani order last Friday containing some of the new Naturally Chic Shadow Eyez and Runway Eyes. I ordered 4 of the new Shadow Eyez. They are 09 Cafe Au Lait, 10 Almond Cream, 11 Sand Dunes, and 12 Golden Bronze. I only ordered one of the Runway Eyes Eyeshadow palettes and it is in 19 Naturally Chic.

I have been impressed with Milani products for awhile now. They are one of the greatest drugstore makeup brands out there in my opinion. When I first caught wind of the new limited edition line and saw that it was all neutrals I knew right away that I had to try them.

I am not new to the Shadow Eyez or Runway Eyes as I have a couple of them from the regular line. The Shadow Eyez are great. They are a multifunctional makeup product. They can be used as an eyeshadow, an eyeliner, or a base. I typically use them as a base or eyeliner. They work well for me and I have no complaints. The Runway Eyes palettes can be used either wet or dry. This is a plus because it changes how the same product can be used in the same way but look different. The quality of the shadows are really good and I find that they last all day on me.

The Holy Grail of makeup to me is that one product that will enable an eyeshadow to stay put for a long period of time without creasing. I believe the Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream may have potential. It is similar to Milk by NYX in terms of consistency and application, but with one small difference. Milk is white which enables colored shadows to pop whereas Almond Cream is a light beige skin toned color. I typically find that Milk by NYX will crease on my lids halfway through the day.

I used Almond Cream in today's look as an eyeshadow base and it blended flawlessly on my lids. It was a perfect match like peanut butter and jelly. I am hoping that it will rise to the challenge and will not crease by the end of the day. To be continued...

Today's Face of the Day was created using the following:

19 Naturally Chic Runway Eyes Eyeshadow Palette (shades used are listed from top to bottom)
Shadow Eyez in 10 Almond Cream & 11 Sand Dunes

Brow Bone & Inner Corner -Shimmery Champagne (1st shade at the top of the palette)
Lid - Almond Cream & Shimmery Pinkish Beige (4th shade in the palette)
Crease - Matte Light Brown (3rd shade in the palette)
Under the Eye - Sand Dunes Shadow Eyez and same shade used above on the lid to set it

The colors in the Milani Naturally Chic Limited Edition line are perfect for neutral everyday makeup looks. Which Shadow Eyez do you prefer?