Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Navy Time with Bella Terra Cosmetics

My October Glam Bag blessed me with an eyeshadow pigment from Bella Terra Cosmetics. I must admit when I first saw that it was Navy I was a little disappointed. I am not a huge fan on blue eyeshadows on my lid, but after I applied it to my lids it kind of grew on me. It is very shimmery and pretty.

To create this Navy Time look I used the following products:

-Profusion Perfect Ten Palette

-Bella Terra Mineral Eyeshadow in Navy

- Too Faced lashGasm Mascara

-LA Splash Eyeshadow Base

-An eyeliner by a brand called MAX

- Revlon High Dimension eyeliner in Gold Flash

-Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy




To create this look:

-Apply LA Splash Base to your entire lid

- Apply the white shimmer from the Profusion Perfect Ten palette all over your lid from brow bone to lash line

- Apply the gold shimmer from the Profusion Perfect Ten palette to the middle of the lid and under the 1st half of the eye on top of the Revlon Gold Flash eyeliner

- Apply the Bella Terra Navy loos eyeshadow to your outer v blending it into the gold and drag it under the remainder of your eye over the MAX blue eyeliner (or any blue eyeliner will do)

-Curl your lashes and apply Too Faced's lashGasm mascara

-Apply a lip balm to your lids and line your lips with Starlooks Tipsy, blend it out onto the lips.

This look is simple, edgy, and only took about 20 minutes. Of course you can use any gold and navy shadows to recreate.

What do you think of Bella Terra Cosmetics? Are you a lover of a navy and gold combo?




Another 120 Palette, 5th Edition Look - Wearable Reds

Still showing love to my BH Cosmetics 120 Palette, 5th Edition, here is another look I created called Wearable Reds:

Brow bone - Cream Matte (2nd layer, 1st row, 10th color)

Crease - Red Brown Matte (1st layer, 4th row, 7th color)

Lid & under the eye - Red Shimmer (2nd layer, 5th row, 6th color)

Outer corner & outer crease - Burgundy Matte (2nd layer, 6th row, and 5th color)

Line your lids and under your eye with your go to liner and don't forget mascara.

I actually like red toned colors on the lid. I guess it all depends on the actual shade, but this one worked just fine.

What do you think of reddish shadows?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Influenster

Have you heard of Influenster? 

It is an online site and community where you give your reviews and opinions on products. It is free to join, but you do have the ability to earn free products. You complete surveys, give reviews, and other activities to earn badges which greater your chances of receiving free products. 

Click the link below to be directed to the Influenster site


Once there you will fill out some background information on yourself and then submit a request to Influenster. It is quick and you should receive a response the same day.

I just joined today and am loving it. If you would like click on the box at the top right of my blog that says Influenster, it will redirect you to my profile on Influenster.

Joining Influenster is perfect for beauty bloggers as we are constantly giving reviews anyway.

What are you waiting for? Check it out.

Are you a member of Influenster? How do you like it?

New UD Lifestyle

Calling all Urban Decay Lovers...

Urban Decay just announced a new addition to their website site. It is called UD Lifestyle. It isn't makeup but instead contains a bunch of Urban Decay items. Below are some of the items that are available. Click on this link to be redirected to UD's website UD Lifestyle



UD Skull Hoodie - $62


Violent Orchid Tote - $34


UD Daily Journal - $21


Vice 2 Tee - $31


Dripping UD Icon Pendant - $15


UD Travel Yoga Towel - $56


Will you be ordering any of the UD Lifestyle items? I have my eye on the Journal and the Vice 2 Tee.

Monday, October 28, 2013

BH Cosmetics - 120 Palette, 5th Edition & Breast Cancer Awareness

If you haven't yet heard me rave about BH Cosmetics, consider yourself lucky.

I like BH Cosmetics so much that I think I own pretty much every palette that they sell to date. I first ran across them when I started watching makeup videos on Youtube pretty much religiously. They were one of the first brands that I started ordering makeup from when my makeup obsession was newborn.

I had been using them regularly for almost the past three years and will continue to do so. Why you may be asking? Well they are great quality for a reasonable price. They always have sales too. If you haven't yet heard of them you can check them out on their website.

This past week I pulled out my 120 Palette, 5th edition and went to town using it three days in a row to create three different looks.

The first look I created is a pink look for Breast Cancer Awareness as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Here's how to get this look using this palette:

Brow bone & 1st third of the lid - Pink Duochrome (1st Layer of the palette, 1st row, 1st color)

Middle of the lid - Pink Shimmer (2nd layer, 4th row, 7th color)

Outer corner & outer crease - Pink Matte (2nd layer, 6th row, 7th color)

Under the eye - Bronze Shimmer (2nd layer, 5th row, 4th color)

Lastly, don't forget to line your top lid and under your eye with your favorite black or brown eyeliner and apply your favorite mascara.

I think it's great to create looks supporting your favorite cause or causes. It is very important to be aware when it comes to certain causes and breast cancer is definitely no exception. Have you ever created a look to show your support or spread awareness for a cause?



Neutral Looks Never Get Old with the Trusty Urban Decay Naked Palette

I know that many will agree with me when I say that the Naked Palette by Urban Decay is not only one of the best neutral palettes on the market, but one of the best palettes ever made. More importantly a girl's best friend.

The Naked Palette by Urban Decay was released in Summer of 2010. This was before I became completely addicted, obsessed, and consumed with makeup. I finally heard about it and thought yeah that looks like a great palette, but I don't have $50 to spend on one makeup item and there are other palettes on the market that are comparable.

Yeah. There are other palettes out there by other well known makeup companies, but they aren't Urban Decay. This really is funny, but very true. It boils down to this you really get what you pay for. You can either spend $50 on 12 eyeshadows that are made by a reputable company that will last for hours or you can buy from another company for a fraction of the price and they will be less pigmented, may crease, and just won't have the same texture and look.

Don't get me wrong. Frequently I buy drugstore and other makeup brands and there is nothing wrong with that. But, if you really want some great neutral shadows for everyday wear than the Naked Palette or Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay are your best bet. If you don't believe me google the palette or check out other's reviews on Youtube. Trust me it's a great investment.

Below is a look I created using the palette:

Brow bone - Virgin
Crease - Naked
Lid - Half Baked
Inner Corner - Sin
Outer corner & outer crease - Dark Horse
Under the eye - Smog

Do you have the Naked Palette from Urban Decay? Do you agree it's the best neutral palette on the market? If not what is your favorite neutral palette?



88 Rainbow Shimmer Palette - Just Another Neutral Look

The 88 Rainbow Shimmer palette is an 88 palette that isn't sold at BH Cosmetics or Coastal Scents. I actually ran across this beauty on ebay last year.

This is my favorite 88 palette hands down. It contains all shimmer shadows. They range from golds, beiges, browns, bronzes, oranges, yellows, greens, pinks, purples, and a blue. They have awesome pigmentation and are very beautiful when applied. The link below is for ebay where I found one of the palettes for sale. This one is $12.99 + $2.99 for shipping and ships from China. I believe mine was from New York. Just type in 88 Rainbow Shimmer Palette and then you can sort by price and choose the location you would like to purchase from.

ebay

I know I have used this palette in other looks. I actually used to use this palette a lot way before I even started my blog and I can't say enough good things about it. I will probably be purchasing another in the future as you can see from the picture below it has been getting quite a lot of use.

Below are pictures of a neutral look that I created using this palette. I can't remember the exact shades I used, but I know I used a cream, bronze, gold, and brown.

Have you heard of this palette before? Do you have it? If so, do you love it?


Urban Decay Smoked Palette

As we all know smokey eyes are trending right now. What better palette to create a smokey eye than Urban Decay's Smoked Palette?

After having mine for awhile I finally got around to using it. I know. Shame on me. As a collector of palettes this sometimes happens. Sometimes we tend to accumulate more makeup than we can possibly ever wear. I guess that is just one of the dilemmas of being a girl.

The Smoked Palette by Urban Decay contains 10 eyeshadows that are perfect for creating a range of smokey looks. Most shades are shimmer jewel tones but there are a few neutral mattes. It also comes with a small size of their best selling eye primer along with a full sized 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Perversion. The palette retails for $49.

The great thing about this palette is that it is still available for purchase so fear not if you haven't yet snatched yours up.

Some places where you can buy the palette are listed below:

Urban Decay

Sephora

Here's how I created the Smokey look below:

-On my brow bone I applied Kinky

-I then took Freestyle and applied it to my crease

-Next I took Mushroom and applied it to my inner corner

- Then I applied Loaded all over the lid

-Lastly I applied Asphalt to my outer corner and crease

and there you have it a Smokey eye using the Urban Decay Smoked Palette. I almost forgot to mention this palette also comes with a booklet that contains looks that you can recreate using this palette.

What do you think of smokey eyes? Love em or over em?


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Orange, White and Blue

Orange, white, and blue. Not a common combination of colors, but interesting enough it works.

I used my Crown Brush 36 Color Smoky Palette to create this look.

Brow bone and inner corner - White Shimmer (1st row, 4th color)

1st half of the lid - Orange Shimmer (5th row, 6th color)

Crease - Bronze Shimmer (5th row, 4th color)

Outer corner and outer crease - Dark Orange Shimmer (2nd row, 5th color)

Under the eye - Blue Shimmer (6th row, 6th color)

I lined my top lid with my L'Oreal Infallible eyeliner in Espresso, under my eye I used my Almay Brown Topaz liner, and my Urban Decay Supercurling Mascara.

I was inspired to do this look based on the necklace below which if I remember correctly is a Betsey Johnson imitation necklace. I love it nonetheless. It is a sailor necklace.

What do you think of orange, white, and blue?


Ipsy Glam bag - October

My ipsy Glam Bag for October has been getting a lot of use.

I received a Spray Clay from Sexy Hair. This is the only item I haven't yet used, but am excited to try.

I have used the mineral eyeshadow from Bella Terra Cosmetics and am pleased with it. It is in Navy and is very pretty.

I received a medium eyeshadow brush from Coastal Scents which I am really liking. It pats color on the lid perfectly.

The Zoya nail polish I received is a pretty green. I have had it on my nails for over a week and it has just started wearing off around the edges. I will definitely be purchasing more Zoya nail polishes.

I also got a Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy. It is very pretty.

The theme for October's Glam Bag is the Art of Beauty. The makeup bag is white and contains the quote of "Love of beauty is taste." "The creation of beauty is art."

If you haven't yet signed up for ipsy I highly recommend it. Here is the link to subscribe ipsy.

What did you get in your Glam Bag this month? Opinions of the products?

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Shadow Set

Makeup dreams. I have them quite often. They are makeup items you dream about buying.

I had one such makeup dream today. I was on Sephora's website and ran across The Urban Decay Mother Lode Shadow Set. I am still dreaming of this set hours later. In this circumstance I definitely think obtaining this set will remain a dream.

Here's why:

The Mother Lode Shadow set retails for $595.00. Yup. You read that right. $595.00. Now I don't know about you but most of us don't have that kind of money to throw around at one time.

Now this may work for probably three types of people.

1. The Makeup Artist - who wants to add this to their makeup kit.

2. Financially well off people - people who are doing so well financially that they can spend this kind of money and it won't affect them.

3. The die hard Urban Decay fan - these are people that will save for it which entails skipping meals and bill payments.

But seriously. The average person will probably have to pass on this set. Not because they want to but the situation is out of their hands.

The Mother Lode Shadow Set contains 68 full sized eyeshadows and contains a 4 pan customizable palette so that you can put any 4 eyeshadows of a choice in it. This is a limited edition set as most sets or palettes are which means if you want it you are going to have to act fast.

Don't get me wrong I would gladly get this set in a heartbeat if it was possible. Below is the link where you can purchase the palette on Sephora's website.

The Mother Lode Shadow Set

What do you think of Urban Decay's Mother Lode Shadow Set? Will you be purchasing it?

Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV

If you weren't able to pick up the Book of Shadows IV by Urban Decay before, now might be your chance. They are currently being sold at Ulta for $32. They are limited edition so stock is limited. Visit www.ulta.com to get yours. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

NYX Primal Colors

I am a sucker for bright colors. 

I received an email from NYX Cosmetics informing me that they had released a new line of pressed eyeshadows called Primal Colors. Let me just say these eyeshadows look awesome. They are bright neon colors. 

They come in Hot Black, Hot Red, Hot Orange, Hot Yellow, Hot Green, Hot Blue, Hot Fucshia, and Hot Pink. They can be purchased for $5 each at www.nyxcosmetics.com

You can get the whole set for $40. These are definitely going on my wish list. What do you think of Primal Colors?

Lorac Little Lace Palettes

Hautelook is currently having a sale on Lorac. It is for the the Little Lace Palette. They come in Ravish and Smolder. They are $12 each. Get yours at www.hautelook.com. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Glinda Palette - Back in Stock

Good Morning Everyone. Happy Tuesday. At least it's not Monday. 

I just received an email from Urban Decay. Guess what? The Glinda Palette is currently back in stock for a limited time and is $24. That is a great deal. Especially if you weren't able to pick it up the first time. Quantities are limited and I am sure this will sell out fast. 

Visit www.urbandecay.com to purchase yours. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Profusion Cosmetics - Perfect Ten Palette Swatches

I love 99 cent stores. Don't you? One of my favorites is the Dollar Tree. You can get some great stuff for only a dollar each. I love browsing the makeup section when I go. It's a must. 

I found a palette recently in my makeup collection that was actually from the dollar tree. It is by Profusion Cosmetics. 

If you haven't heard of Profusion Cosmetics then you are missing out. They have good quality shadows that are very pigmented. They can be found on their website at www.profusioncosmetics.com. Also at Walgreens, Amazon.com, ebay, and the Dollar Tree, to name a few places where I have seen them. 

The pictures below are from one of their palettes called the Perfect Ten. It is a perfect palette for the fall. It contains brown, bronze, gold, orange, white, and burgundy. 

Profusion eyeshadows are good eyeshadows especially when applied over a good primer. They are very soft and therefore will crease easily. I use them occasionally but they are not my go to daily eyeshadows. 

Have you heard of Profusion? Thoughts?





Joy to the Girls - Twinkle, A Look for the Holidays

Due to my profound love for Too Faced's Joy to the Girls Palette I created another look with it.  The look has rightfully been entitled Twinkle, A Look for the Holidays.

To recreate this look:

Apply Snow Angel (white matte) to the brow bone

Apply Mulberry (taupe matte) to the crease

Apply Prancer (sheer gold glitter) to the inner corner

Apply Twinkle (gold shimmer) to the 1st half of the lid

Apply Yule Log (dark brown shimmer with gold glitter) to the remainder of the lid and outer corner

Blend, line your eyes bottom and top, winging out your top liner, pat Prancer under the 1st half of the eye, Twinkle under the middle of the eye, and Yule Log under the remainder corner of the eye

This look would definitely be a great holiday look as it screams festive. I love silver and golds for the holidays mixed with greens. What are your typical colors for holiday looks?


Friday, October 18, 2013

Victoria's Secret Palette - The Elements Inspired Look

Have you ever experienced that moment when you find something that you forgot you had in the first place?

Recently I was going through my makeup and found an eyeshadow palette by Victoria's Secret. It is so old that I can't even remember the name of it. It only says Eyeshadow Quad and has the name of the shadows on the back of the palette. They are only listed as Earth, Twilight, Sky, and Star.

I remember that when I got it, it was definitely prior to my full makeup obsession days. I initially picked it up because I liked the packaging of the palette because it was yellow and had a neat pattern on it.

Even though I know the shadows are old and I should probably part with it I can't because it holds sentimental value. It is one of the oldest makeup items that I own. I decided to live on the edge and use it to create a look. I have to say that the eyeshadows are still in tact and that they look like they did when I first got the palette (or at least how I remembered them looking). I think if I ever decide to get rid of the shadows that I will keep the palette since it is sturdy and has a great mirror.

Here are the shadows:

Earth - Brown Shimmer

Twilight - Purple Shimmer

Sky - Blue Shimmer

Star - White Shimmer

The Elements Inspired look I created contained all 4 eyeshadows.

Brow bone & inner corner - Star

Crease - Earth

Lid - Twilight

Outer corner - Sky

Does anyone remember seeing this palette? What is the oldest makeup item that you still have?



Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish Palette - Yummy Dancing Jewels

Today I was feeling lavish.

What does one do when they are feeling lavish, you ask?

The only sensible thing they can do they reach for their Lavish Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

The look I went for was a pink neutral or how I appropriately named it Yummy Dancing Jewels.

Rum Cake and Truffle = Yummy

Ballet = Dancing

Pink Sapphire = Jewels

Here's how to recreate this lavish Yummy Dancing Jewels (YDJ) look using your Lavish Palette:

Apply Cream (Matte Cream) to your brow bone

Apply Ballet (Baby Pink Matte with Silver Sparkles) to your inner corner

Take Rum Cake (Bronze Shimmer) and apply it to your crease

Pick up some Pink Sapphire (Pink Purple Shimmer) and pat all over your lid

Lastly take Truffle (Dark Brown Matte with Gold Shimmer) and blend into your outer crease and outer corner

Apply your eyeliner and mascara

To finish out my look I added a necklace with a polka dot pink bow, polka dot heart, and a clock. I am obsessed with coordinating my makeup, jewelry, and outfit, just call it my thing :)

What do you think of Yummy Dancing Jewels? So far I like this palette. I am going to keep using it so check back for another blog post in the future.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish Palette - 1st Look


Lavish is an adjective that means luxurious.

I was immediately intrigued by the Lavish Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. The name is unique, the package is extravagant and hey it's by Anastasia Beverly Hills. Enough said right?

This palette is fairly new and is available at Ulta, Sephora, Macy's and Nordstrom to name a few places and it sells for $38.

The Lavish Palette comes in a box that contains an eyeshadow brush, a black eyeliner, a brow pencil, tweezers, and a box that contains looks that you can create using the palette.

The eyeshadow palette contains 10 eyeshadows that are matte and shimmer. The 1st row is Cream, Antique, Rum Cake, Moss, and Truffle. The 2nd row is Ballet, Orange Soda, Sienna, Pink Sapphire, and Black Diamond.

I wanted this palette after I saw all of the looks that were constantly being created using this palette on Instagram. My favorite shades just from looking at the palette are Moss, Pink Sapphire, Sienna, and Black Diamond. I think this palette is a must for the Lavish gal. 

I will be posting a look in a separate post using this palette. Do you have this palette? What are your thoughts on it?







Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Crown Brush 36 Color Smokey Palette - Silver and Green

Typically Silver and Gold go together. Especially around the holidays. Or maybe I just think so because of the Silver and Gold song from the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie. 

The truth is Christmas is around the corner and why not get some holiday look ideas now. It is the perfect time with the release of all the holiday palettes. 

For my Silver and Green look I didn't use a holiday palette. I did use a palette though that is new to me that I haven't yet used. It is the Crown Brush 36 Color Smoky Palette. Is it smoky or smokey? I have seen it both ways. Anyway here is how to recreate the Silver and Green look that I did with the Crown Brush palette. 

Brow bone and inner for corner - White shimmer (1st row, 4th color)

1st third of the lid - Silver Shimmer (1st row, 6th color)

Middle of the lid - Yellow Green Shimmer (1st row, 5th color)

Outer corner and outer crease - Emerald Shimmer (2nd row, 6th color)

Finish your eyes by lining the top and bottom with your favorite eyeliners. Apply your favorite mascara and call it a day!

Silver and gold or silver and green? For me either works. 

Too Faced A Few of my Favorite Things - 1st Look

Too Faced seems to have a lot of my favorite things lately. 

I have pretty much accepted the fact that I am obsessed with the holiday collection from Too Faced. I first purchased the Joy to the Girls set. I did a post on that one recently and I really like it. It is mostly a neutral palette, but does have a few colors that pop. 

About a week after I received the Joy to the Girls palette I found out that there was another set entitled a Few of my Favorite Things which is exclusive to Sephora. Once I saw it I knew I was in trouble. One thing that gets me on this holiday collection is the packaging. It's so adorable. 

The a Few of my Favorite Things set contains a palette that has 25 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, and 2 bronzers. Also a sample size Better than Sex Mascara and a full sized Lip injection in Bee Sting. 

The eyeshadow palette contains neutral colors as well as a bunch of other shades perfect for smokey eyes. The blush and the bronzers are shimmer and matte. I am curious to use the Better than Sex Mascara as I have heard a lot of hype around it. 

Now the Lip Injection in Bee Sting. This one is interesting. I have never really used any lip plumpers before, but this one actually does hold true to its name. It stings and continued to sting up until 2 days after application. Not sure if this will happen again if I decide to try it again. The color is pretty though it is a nice nude shade. 

In addition to the palette, Lip Injection, and Better than Sex Mascara, you receive a cute makeup bag with the sample pink and gold pattern as the palette. The palette actually fits in the makeup bag. So cute and convenient. Lastly you receive the Glamour Guide showing you how to create three looks using the palette. 

I have yet to dig in and start using this palette, but can't wait to try it. Too Faced keeps delivering great quality products. Who can say no and resist buying them?

Have you picked up the A Few of my Favorite Things set? Comparisons of this one and Joy to the Girls?











Monday, October 14, 2013

Joy to the Girls - 3 Phases of Sugar Plum

3 Phases of Sugar Plum. Hmm... What is that? Well I am absolutely obsessed with the Sugar Plum eyeshadow in the Too Faced Joy to the Girls Palette. It is a Plum Shimmer with Silver Glitter and is absolutely lovely. What I did was I first created a neutral look, next I added Silver Multicolored Glitter, and finally I added lashes. The main focus of the look was the Sugar Plum shade.

Here's how I created the first phase of Sugar Plum:

-Primed my lids with Urban Decay Primer Potion

-Added Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Barley Beige as my eye base

-Used Snow Angel (Off White Matte) on my brow bone

-Applied Cheers! (Pink Champagne) Shimmer to my lid

-Applied Mulberry (Red Brown Matte) to my crease

-Then applied the Sugar Plum (Plum Shimmer with Silver Glitter) to my outer crease and outer corner

-Lined my top lid with L'Oreal's Cream Eyeliner in Espresso

-Lined under my eyes with Almay's Brown Topaz eyeliner and patted Sugar Plum on top of the liner

-Curled my lashes and applied Too Faced's LashGasm Mascara

Phase 1 complete :)



Now for Phase 2:

-I used Too Faced's Glitter Glue and patted it all over my lid.

-Next I used e.l.f.'s glitter applicator and picked up Wet n Wild's Fantasy Makers Confetti Glitter in Glitz and patted it all over my lid over the glitter glue.


Phase 3:

-I took my e.l.f. lashes from my e.l.f. Beauty Must Haves 4 piece eyelash set and picked out a pair of the lashes and applied Duo lash glue.

-I patted e.l.f. Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Confetti to my inner corners.


That's it! Now I am ready to go to the show! Well I went to the show :) This makeup was from Saturday it was my look for the 30 Seconds to Mars and Panic! at the Disco show. I figured glitter and lashes were the only way to go. Whether you are going out or staying in this look is fun to create. 

Have you picked up this palette yet? I definitely recommend it.