Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pastels for Easter EotD

To my readers who celebrate, Happy Easter!  Pastel colors always seem Easter-y to me.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk all over the lid as a base

From the Ariel Storylook Palette (Disney Sephora collaboration):
      --- flounder (matte butter yellow) on the inner third of lid
      --- sebastian (matte peach) under the brow
      --- atlantica (shimmery light seafoam green) on the middle third of lid

From the NYX Caipirinhanas on the Beach Love in Rio Trio:
    --- light shimmery teal on the outer third of lid

Urban Decay eyeshadow in Asphyxia (light lilac) in the crease and lower lashline

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Serum + Liner in Ultra Black

Maybelline Full 'N Soft Mascara

from left: NYX Milk Jumbo eye pencil, flounder, atlantica, NYX Caipirinhas on the Beach light teal, Urban Decay Asphyxia, sebastian

When you eat a chocolate bunny, what part do you eat first?  Personally, I gnaw on the ears and then work my way down.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What To Do With Boxes?

I've noticed I keep some of my higher-end products in their boxes.  I mean, I take them out, use them, and put them back in the box.  But only some of them.  Weird, no?

Does anyone else do this?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 Early Spring Garden

Time for a garden post!  I now have lots of things coming up, and even a few are blooming.

Dwarf Iris (My neighbor said they didn't even look real!)

Crocus (No purples yet for some reason)



Allium (When these started coming up I was totally baffled as to what they were.  My husband had to remind me we planted alliums next to the yellow and red tulips last fall.)

Black Parrot Tulip

Scilla (We didn't plant these.  They are naturally growing in our back yard as wildflowers.)

I love the shapes of the emerging plants.

And then it snowed the day after I took those photos.

Snow on the Boxwoods...

On the Crocuses...

And on the Hellebore buds...

It looks like everything survived the snow and overnight mid 20 degree temps.

I can't wait for more flowers!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

March 2014 Favorites

Yep.  I'm late with this.  But here they are in no particular order: my March favorites.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant -- This salicylic acid liquid treatment has made a huge difference in the size of my pores on my nose.  I use it after cleansing on my nose every night.  I find that I have some dryness if I use it all over my face, so I stick to glycolic acid for exfoliating everywhere besides my nose.  Kind of odd to have one product specifically for the nose, but we use products specifically for the eyes and lips, so why not the nose?  Enough about my nose.

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara (review) -- I'm so impressed by the length and drama this mascara gives my lashes.  The brush is fun to look at, too.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Blush Glow (review) -- I like how moisturized my lips feel while I'm wearing this lipstick.  Blush Glow is such an easy to wear pink that goes with everything.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Blush Glow swatch

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Pop in 01 Ginger Pop -- Everyone and the kitchen sink has been raving about the Cheek Pop blushes, and for good reason.  So smooth and near impossible to over do, killer presentation, a decent price ($21 for a non-drugstore blush seems decent).  Ginger Pop is a slightly reddish coral that gives a satiny glow to the skin.

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Pop in Ginger Pop swatch (heavy swatch for some reason)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush -- Another very popular product this spring are the Ambient Lighting blushes.  Luminous Flush is a pinky coral that leaves the skin with a "lit-from-within" sheen.  The glow factor is more subtle here, with no discernible shimmer.  It's a beautiful blush to look at in the pan, too.  I was actually surprised that the packaging was a little lightweight.  I was expecting a heftier metal packaging, but it is just plastic.  Nice and shiny plastic, though.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush swatch

Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Kisses -- I have moved on from Junior Mints to dark chocolate kisses.  Science has shown a little dark chocolate is good for the heart.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette -- I've been using this lots lately.  My favorite colors at the moment are Nooner for the crease, Limit to blend out the crease, Buzz or Trick for the lid, and Blackheart as a liner.

from left: Nooner, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Blackheart

What are your recent favorites?

Friday, April 11, 2014

LORAC PRO Palette Eye of the Day

Bright colors on the lids are fun, but neutrals are beautiful, too.  Especially when they come from the LORAC PRO Palette.

LORAC PRO Palette:  Pewter on the moving lid
                                       Lt. Bronze patted over Pewter
                                       Espresso in the Crease
                                       Black in the outer corner and outer lower lashline
                                       Gold on the lower lashline
                                       Cream under the brow
                                       Nude in the inner corner
Liner: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black
Mascara: L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

from left: Pewter, Lt. Bronze, Espresso, Black, Cream, Nude, Gold

Fantastic palette!  Have a splendid day!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

bareMinerals "The Dream Sequence" Swatches and EotD

So, bareMinerals used to only sell loose powder products.  A few years ago, they branched out into skincare, then added pressed eyeshadows and blushes.  Now they have a liquid foundation.  So much for the "only powder for the skin because it has no binders and no pore-clogging ingredients!"  I don't mean to rip on the brand, but they were awfully fervent about their powders.  In any case, they do make some good stuff.  Case in point: their pressed "READY" eyeshadows.

Pardon the grubby packaging.  I've had this for at least 2 years.

The Dream Sequence is one of their "READY Eyeshadow 4.0" eyeshadow quads.  It contains a satin cream called 500 Thread Count, a purple-y taupe called Romp, a purple with blue duochrome quality called Bourdoir, and a dusty dark purple called Nightcap.  The names are fun, aren't they?

With the exception of the cream color, which is a little sheer (which I find acceptable because I really only use it as a highlight color), the shadows are soft and well pigmented.

from left: 500 Thread Count, Romp, Boudoir, Nightcap

Here is the eye of the day I created using the quad.

I used:
   Romp (shimmery purple taupe) on the moving lid
   a mix of Boudoir (bright purple) and Nightcap (dark purple) in the crease
   Nightcap on the outer third of the lower lashline
   500 Thread Count (satin cream) under the brow and in the inner corner
   Maybelline Full 'N Soft Mascara (one coat)

This is a really pretty set of eyeshadows, and I'm impressed by the quality.  The bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 quads are $30 USD.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A View from the Detroit Opera House FotD

It was opera night in Detroit for me and my family on saturday.  We saw "A View from the Bridge", which is a modern opera (written in 1999) by William Bolcom based on the play by Arthur Miller.  It's the story of a dockworker named Eddie from Brooklyn and his niece Catherine who falls in love with an illegal immigrant who is a cousin of his wife.  Essentially, Eddie isn't okay with it (he is inappropriately attracted to and therefore overprotective of Catherine) and it all ends tragically.  What a story!

I love the Detroit Opera House.

I think my hair and makeup held up well.  The following pictures were taken at the end of the night, as I didn't have time to take any before we left.

     from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette -- Nooner in the crease
                                                                Limit to blend out the crease
                                                                Strange under the brow
     BFTE loose shadow in Orchid on the lid
     L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
     Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner in Tommy Jet on the lower waterline

      NYX Powder Blush in Taupe to contour
      Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush

      Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Rose Aurora (limited edition from 2012)

from left: BFTE Orchid, Urban Decay Nooner, Limit, and Strange, NYX Taupe blush, Hourglass Luminous Flush blush, Elizabeth Arden Rose Aurora lipstick

In case you were curious, I wore a black sheath dress with slitted sleeves (the sleeves are elbow length, but have slits in them from the shoulder to the elbow, if that makes sense -- I think it's called a cold-shoulder style or something), and snake print pumps and a snake print clutch.

I wore Color Club Nail Lacquer Cosmic Fate on my nails.

My husband wore a gorgeous necktie.  (I matched my eyeshadow to it...)

Let's take a closer look at that Eddington knot!

The opera was quite interesting and intense, and rather different from most of the operas produced by the Michigan Opera Theater.  Wonderful evening!

Me and my husband!

Next month is Puccini's Turandot.  I'm already planning my makeup and outfit for it...