Thursday, March 5, 2015

Recent Lip Liner Aquisitions

I've been on a lip liner kick lately.  I think it's because I've been watching a ton of youtube makeup tutorial videos lately, and in almost every one, a lip liner/pencil is used.  I only owned 5 lip liners just a few months ago (I got rid of several ancient ones during a recent major makeup cleanout), and I seem to have added a few to my collection fairly recently.

From Rimmel, I picked up two Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liners: East End Snob and Addiction.  The Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liners are retractable and do not require sharpening.  East End Snob is a light neutral pink, and Addiction is a medium cool brown.  They are decently creamy, although not as much as some others I've tried, and I think the swatches below show that a little.  East End Snob is a great go-with-everything shade (and I've heard it's a close dupe for Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk color-wise).

from left: Addiction, East End Snob

From NYX, I bought two Slim Lip Pencils in Nude Pink and Citrine, and one Retractable Lip Liner in Nude Pink.  One of the lip liners I already owned and like is the Slim Lip Pencil in Nectar, so I thought I would give a couple of other shades in the range a go.

NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Citrine is a pretty pearly light mauve pink.  NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Nude Pink is a slightly peachy nude.  The Slim Lip Pencils are not particularly creamy, but Citrine is softer than Nude Pink.  I'm okay with them being slightly stiff.  I think they sharpen more easily and stay sharper longer.

You can see I've used Citrine more than Nude Pink.

from left: Citrine, Nude Pink

NYX Retractable Full Color Lip Liner in Nude Pink is a deep neutral pink that is almost reddish with a hint of sparkle.  It is NOT the same shade as the Slim Lip Pencil in Nude Pink.  I really, really like this lip liner.  It is smooth and creamy, and applies beautifully.  The shade is dark enough to accentuate the shape of the lips when used truly as just a liner.

Nude Pink (the retractable one)

I bought the Clinique Quickliner for Lips in Sky Violet after binge watching Tarababyz videos.  She uses it quite frequently and raves about it, so I decided I had to have it.  It is a beautiful cool mauve pink color with a tiny bit of sparkle that goes with any cool-toned lipstick.  The formula is nice and creamy, and wears wonderfully.  One thing to note, though: even though this is a twist up pencil, you cannot twist it back down to retract it into the pencil, so once it's up, it's up.

Sky Violet

Lastly, I most recently bought the Laura Geller Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liner in Cabernet.  I swatched this in Ulta weeks ago and couldn't stop thinking about it, so I decided to splurge and  purchase it.  This is just as creamy as my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil and it wears just as well.  The color is a beautiful pink with a hint of mauve and a tiny bit of shimmer.  Gorgeous.


Here they are all together:

from left: Rimmel Addiction and East End Snob Exaggerate Lip Liners; NYX Citrine and Nude Pink Slim Lip Pencils; NYX Nude Pink Retractable Lip Liner; Clinique Sky Violet Quickliner for Lips; Laura Geller Cabernet Pout Perfection Lip Liner

I've really been enjoying using these, and incorporate a lip liner into my makeup routine everyday now (I would only use them once in a while in the past).

I have to say, if you are looking for a new budget-friendly lip liner, try one of the NYX Retractable Lip Liners.  They come in 19 shades ranging from bubblegum pink to black.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mmmm Ganache Face of the Day

I finally tore myself away from the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette.  I used the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette instead.

My bangs would not cooperate.

Eyes: from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
                 --- Gilded Ganache (sparkly brown with a hint of olive green) on the moving lid
                 --- a mix of Salted Caramel (warm tan) and Milk Chocolate (brown) in the crease
                 --- White Chocolate (ivory) under the brow

from left: Gilded Ganache, Milk Chocolate, Salted Caramel, White Chocolate

         L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
         It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black Brown on the waterlines

Cheeks: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Peach Beach

Lips: NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Nude Pink

from left: Too Faced Peach Beach blush, NYX Nude Pink Retractable Lip Liner
I'm really enjoying the Peach Beach blush.  Gah.  So pretty.

(I think I put a gloss over the top of the liner, but I can't remember -- I'm writing this post a couple days after I did this makeup and I didn't write it down.  Booooo.)

The name "Gilded Ganache" makes me think of a cooking show I watched years ago.  It was not a competition show or one involving a celebrity chef, it was simply chefs from the best restaurants around the world making their favorite dishes.  The chefs didn't even do the talking to describe what they were doing, and instead there was a narrator.  They often made ganache to use in the deserts they created.

Have a wonderful day, friends!  I'm off to have some chocolate.  I wish I could say it involved some ganache, but it's only some dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Surprise the Dragon Look of the Day

It's a day that ends in "y", so I thought it would be appropriate to use the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette on my eyes.  This time I used some neutrals on the upper lid, and the bright green shade "Dragon" on the lower lashline.  I thought the green pop of color on the lower lashline was sort of a surprise, which is how I came up with the name of the post.

Eyes: from the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette
                     --- Angel (sparkly taupe) all over the moving lid
                     --- Defy (matte dark cool grey) in the outer corner
                     --- Revolver (sparkly black) as liner on the upper lashline and a little on the lower
                     --- Undone (tan) as transition color in the crease
                     --- Truth (ivory) under the brow
                     --- Dragon (bright shimmery green) on the lower lashline

        Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Perversion on the waterlines
        Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara

from left: Angel, Defy, Revlolver, Undone, Truth, Dragon

Cheeks: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Sweet Peach

Lips: Milani Color Statement Lip Liner in Nude

from left: Elizabeth Arden Sweet Peach blush, Milani Nude lip liner

More shots of the look, because I quite enjoyed this one.  Even though my hair is not so hot.

I was born in the Chinese year of the Dragon, so I'm drawn to anything dragon-y.  So, here's a close-up of Dragon from the Vice 3 palette.

Look at that green!  Just the kind of green I imagine when I think of Dragon's scales.

I hope you enjoyed this look as much as I did.  Have a wonderful day, my friends!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

China Glaze Sex on the Beach and Some Hearts

I have found a beautiful nail polish color.  It's China Glaze Sex on the Beach.  It's a rosy pink with some gold shimmer and very very tiny silver sparkles.

I have been wearing this nail color for weeks.  I used it for my Valentine's Day manicure, but added some little hearts from the Nicole by OPI polish in Love Your Life on my ring finger.

I was going to put the hearts on all of my fingers, but they were such a pain to get out of the bottle that I decided to just do the accent nail thing.  And, like all other polishes with large particles of glitter (I consider the hearts to be kind of like glitter), this was a chore to remove.

Those hearts look so pretty in the bottle, but, ugh, the fishing!

This is definitely a new favorite polish.

Just a little bit of sparkle.

Whatcha got on your nails?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday with Cosmedicine

Who remembers the skincare line called "Cosmedicine"?

Cosmedicine was a brand that was introduced in 2006 (I think), and was supposed to be a Sephora exclusive brand for at least five years after it debuted.  Unfortunately, I don't think the brand lasted that long.  At least, not as a Sephora exclusive.  I remember seeing it in Meijers (a grocery store chain here in the midwest) a few years later.  The brand is now defunct, as far as I can tell.

The biggest selling point with the brand was that it was tested by Johns Hopkins Medical University. The data about the results of the testing of each product was printed on the boxes, and sort of "proved" the claims made by the company.  At least that's how I remember selling it.

Another somewhat unusual thing about the products was the inclusion of dimethicone in all of the products (well, except for the cleanser and exfoliator), and it was listed as an active ingredient.

This is the back of the tube of "Physical Conditioning", their body lotion.

I actually quite liked the brand and felt comfortable recommending it (I never liked selling stuff I didn't believe in).  I thought most of their products were well formulated and worked pretty much as claimed for most people.  I did think the one cleanser that was created for the line (yes, there was only one for all skin types), was too drying for most people due to the inclusion of witch hazel.

My holy grail tinted moisturizer for years was "Honest Face" by Cosmedicine.  It had wonderful coverage, was very soft and smooth, had SPF 35, and was hydrating without being heavy.  I was rather sad when it was discontinued.

So, did you ever use anything from Cosmedicine?

P.S.  Now that I have shown you these, they are going in the garbage bin because they are absolutely ancient.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spring-y Pinks with Urban Decay and Becca

I know it's only February, but I cannot wait for spring.  Maybe that's why I'm tending to use so many colors that feel spring-y (as in spring inspired, not elastic and bouncy).  Of course, I had to use the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette.

Pardon the wet hair.

Extreme close-up:

Eyes: from the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette
                   --- Alien (shimmery pink) all over the moving lid
                   --- Alchemy (shimmery raspberry) in the crease and outer v
                   --- Bondage (very dark plum) as liner on the upper and lower lashlines
                   --- Undone (tan) to blend Alchemy above the crease
                   --- Truth (ivory) under the brow and in the inner corner

from left: Alien, Alchemy, Bondage, Undone, Truth

    Mally Volumizing Mascara

Cheeks: Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Lychee/Opal

Lips: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Turn-On
          Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Forbidden Move (discontinued)

from left: Becca blush in Lychee/Opal, Urban Decay lip pencil in Turn-On, Sephora lip gloss in Forbidden Move

The Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Lychee/Opal is gorgeous.  Seriously.

Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Lychee/Opal swatch

I usually use my fingers to pat this blush on my cheeks, but I used the Sonia Kashuk duo fiber multipurpose brush (number 115) to apply it today.  Both techniques work well for this spongy-textured blush.

A couple more photos of the look:

Is it spring yet?  I am sick of the snow and the "arctic blast" temperatures.