Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Smoky Blue EotD

Another eye of the day post using the Kat Von D Chrysalis palette.

I used the Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear crayon in Marine as a base, which intensified the blue.

     Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear in Marine on the moving lid
     Kat Von D Chrysalis palette --
                  entombed (shimmery royal blue) on the lid and lower lashline
                  glasswing (matte tan) in the crease
                  lifelike (matte cream) under the brow and in the inner corner
     Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity Eyeliner in Fierce Blue
     L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara

from left: Sephora Jumbo Liner in Marine, Kat Von D shadows in entombed, glasswing, lifelike, Prestige Total Intensity liner in Fierce Blue

Here's a really serious full-face shot with some funky hair.

I have Maybelline Bouncy Blush in Peach Silk on my cheeks, and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Demure on my lips.

Have a stellar day, and thank you so much for visiting!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Butterfly Plums EotD

I used the new Kat Von D Chrysalis palette for this Eye (or is it eyes?) of the Day.

I used the shimmery silvery mauve shade (called "transition") on the moving lid, the sparkling purple shade (called "mezzanine") in the crease, and the matte cream shade (called "lifelike") under the brow.  I also used Sonia Kashuk gel liner in Ebony and L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara.

Then, later in the day, I decided to add some of the darkest plum (called "hybrid moments") to the outer corner and lower lashline to make it all smokey and dramatic and whatnot.

from left: hybrid moments, mezzanine, transition, lifelike

I'm still trying to figure out if the names of the shadows in this palette are supposed to be butterfly-related.

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?