05. 02. 2012

Whether you get into Valentine’s Day or not, you have to admit that every year one company or another comes out with something super cute and heart-related around this time. Last year it was Stila with the Make Me Blush palette (see that here) and this year I think the award goes to Stila yet again.

Isn’t she adorable?! Last year’s version had gold over spray hearts and leaned much more coral. This version is a definite pink and while it doesn’t have an over spray, two of the layers contain shimmer. If you don’t care for shimmer in your blush than this isn’t for you.

The outside of the palette also has a cute little ‘xoxo’ from Stila. I think it’s a nice touch, actually. It makes the palette so appropriate for Valentine’s Day.

You can see the definite shimmer here. It’s a nice medium pink shade, not too light or too dark. Bright enough to welcome spring, and warm enough to be flattering on most skin tones. The powder is smooth and easy to blend.

Wearing Stila Love at First Blush lightly on cheeks

I think this palette would be a nice little treat for yourself or for a friend this Valentine’s Day. It’s budget friendly at only $14 and can be found on Sephora, Beauty.com, Nordstrom and Macy’s. It’s worth it for the cute factor alone, right? But the powder itself makes it oh-so-easy to give in to.

Have you spotted any other cute Valentine-themed makeup items?

Helloooooo! I feel like I have been kinda absent lately. I haven’t done a post in several days and have not been keeping up on other blogs or twitter….but for good reason. In the States we celebrated Labor Day yesterday (want to learn more about Labor Day? Visit here for all you ever wanted to know) and it gave me a nice four day weekend. I took that time to relax, spend some days in the great outdoors and just totally chill. I feel refreshed and ready to get back into the game. I hope you all enjoyed your weekends, whether you had time off or not :)

If you follow me on twitter you know my obsession for teals and peacock shades is pretty relentless at the moment and so I thought that would be the perfect topic for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday. This is all about teals for the eyes. I will be doing teals for the nails soon ;)

Feelin' Peacocky

This might be the first time Inglot has appeared on my blog…but not to worry…it won’t be the last! Many more goodies to show you all soon. I am both impressed and thoroughly happy with all of the Inglot items I have tried thus far, and not just their eyeshadows either.

I had been searching for a matte darker teal eyeshadow ever since reading Arianne’s post on Joe Fresh’s peacock shadow. It looked so lovely and perfect for the coming season….sadly I learned it was limited edition. I searched high and low, at Sephora, Ulta, etc and found nary a shade to quench my thirst. I took my struggle to twitter and several lovely ladies recommended Inglot’s matte eyeshadow #338. I am so grateful because it’s exactly what I wanted and SUPER pigmented and silky.

Teal-die-for

Peacocks/teals come in all sorts of shades. In the fall, I prefer the peacock version of teal which to me is anything darker, deeper, or run through with black. The teals of summer are brighter and lighter and won’t be seeing any time with me once colder temperatures hit (think Urban Decay’s Flipside).

The NARS Rasjasthan Duo that was released for their Fall 2010 collection (already over a year ago!) immediately snagged my attention. It’s a blackened peacock, and it is positively stunning. I know this duo along with Strawberry Fields lipgloss were the stars of NARS fall last year for me, and I am very grateful to own them both. If you ever see them, grab them up because I *think* they were both limited edition.

L-R: Inglot Matte #338, Inglot Pearl #414, NARS Rajasthan peacock shade

Another inspired purchase was Inglot’s Pearl #414 (huge thank you to my close friend, Ms. DelytefulSpeaks for sending this my way in our amazing swap). I saw this on Jenny of My Funny Valentine and it looked so gorgeous on her I knew I needed to try it for myself. It is just as I had hoped it would be, and so wearable. And by now you have all seen the gorgeous-ness that is Rajasthan, but I had to swatch it here anyway, for continuity =P

T-B: Stila Smudgestick in Peacock, MAC Midnight Blues Fluidline

Stila’s smudgestick liners are really top notch in terms of pigment and wear time. Peacock was the first shade in that line I purchased what seems like ages ago, but I think was probably late last year or very early this year. Give these a swatch next time you are at Sephora, Ulta of whoever carries Stila products near you.

Ahh, MAC Fluidline…how I loooove this shade. Midnight Blues. This is from the newest collection Mac Me Over. Pigmented, smooth and oh so fabulous. I am going to be getting a lot of road time with this baby, I am sure of it! A big thank you to my boo Kia, from Killer Lipgloss for picking this up for me.

Are you into the peacock trend or is it just not your kind of color? Have a favorite shade to recommend? I’m all ears!

Hi ladies! Hope you all enjoyed your week! Summer is in full swing here and it’s been sunny and hot daily for a while now. In honor of the hot weather I thought I’d do a series of posts with waterproof (aka sweatproof) makeup for those hot sunny days, long steamy nights and everything in between. This one is going to be all about the eyes!

Shadows.

Generally speaking, I like to keep it easy when it comes to eye makeup in the summer, especially for parties. A swipe of bright eyeliner or a quick wash of a cream shadow and I’m usually set. Here are a few ideas of shadows that have made the grade for me.

Waterproof Eyeshadows, before water

Shadows featured, left to right: Mally Beauty Shadow Stick Champagne, Sephora 12 hour Shadow Pencil in Kaki, Urban Decay 24-7 Shadow Pencil in Lit, Mally Beauty Shadow Stick in Dusk*, Mally Beauty Shadow Stick in Deep Plum*, BareMinerals Prime Time in Sundance, Urban Decay 24-7 Shadow Pencil in Rehab, Mally Beauty Shadow Stick in Platinum*

My first foray into these waterproof shadow pencils this year was Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy 24-7 Shadow Pencil (not featured here, but you can see my review here) and I became voracious for more shades. I purchased one of the Mally Beauty Shadow Sticks after seeing the lovely Emily (of emilynoel83 YT channel) use them in a video. I was utterly impressed!

Eyeshadow swatches, after vigorous warm water rinse and dry

I can use both Urban Decay and Mally Beauty shadow sticks without primer and they will last all day on me. When I start getting beyond 10 hours, there is noticeable fading with the UD pencils whereas the Mally will last fully in tact until I take them off (she says bulletproof and they really are!). A word of difference between the two regarding formula, Urban Decay’s formula is drier, at least on my eyes. My eyelids feel kind of tight when I wear them, but it doesn’t flake and it’s not too terrbile. Contrary wise, the UD version retails for $20 for .10 oz and Mally’s retail for $25 for .06 oz. I would love to see the Mally version include more product, or be at an equal price point of the UD ones. Luckily, they do offer shadow duos that make the value much better and you can find them on QVC’s website :) .

The Sephora version is a total dupe of the UD version. It also contains .10oz but retails for a staggeringly low price of $10! For beauties on a budget, the Sephora ones are an excellent value. It lasts all day on me as well.

The Bare Minerals primer is a new release for this summer, and is a gorgeous shade that works as a shadow or a primer. Love how it held up here! My only problem with the Bare Minerals new primers is the amount of product you get for the money compared to other primers on the market. You only get .1 oz for $18 and the normal Urban Decay primer potions contain .37oz for $19. :( Granted, these are thicker and can do double-duty and are admittedly gorgeous….but I can’t help but knock it down a few pegs for the value. On a better note, you don’t need much of the product to get the job done, but you should be aware of the size before you buy it.

You can see after water, some of the shimmer and dimension has gone, but the shadows are mostly if not completely in tact. I’ll admit, I was quite vigorous with these swatches and am impressed more wear was not visible.

 

Liners

Eyeliner can be a girl’s best friend. A lot of times I swipe on a quick line of bright liner in the summer (waterproof of course) for weekends and evenings. I hadn’t gotten into liquid liners that much until this year, and I still haven’t quite gotten the knack of applying them (give a girl props for really trying!) just yet. I used to be exclusive to UD 24-7 liners and gel liners. And those are still great options, but I’ve been exploring some others more recently…

Waterproof Eyeliners!

Liners Featured, Left to Right: Urban Decay 24-7 liner Electric, Urban Decay 24-7 liner in Baked, Stila Sparkle Liquid Liner in Electric, Milani Infinite Liner in Everlast*, Milani Infinite Liner in Infinite, MUFE Aqua Liner in #14*, Tarte Smolder Eyes Amazonian Clay liner in Fig, Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight liner in Caribbean Sea

All of these liners are stellar performers. The Milani liners are so pigmented and long wearing for me, for a drugstore liner they perform like something I would buy at Sephora, not CVS.

My love for Urban Decay liners is no secret, as I’ve reviewed them before here.

I’ve also raved about the Mally Starlight liners before, and they perform magically on my lids, in a stunning array of colors.

Eyeliner swatches, after vigorous warm water rinse and drying

The biggest surprise after rinsing with warm water and drying is the Stila and MUFE liners. I have worn both of these when I’ve gone out jet-skiing and didn’t experience any wearing off. Though, some of the sparkle of Stila did go away after swimming in the lake. You will see in the picture those are the only two that were affected noticeable by my test. I still love both, even if they didn’t live up to the others here. They have both performed well for me when I’ve done real life testing. Plus, the colors are both gorgeous! I prefer the tips on Stila and MUFE to the ones on Milani, simply because for me it’s easier as a novice to apply it with their applicators than the longer ones Milani features.

The Tarte Smoulder Eyes came with a recent set I purchased from QVC (Glow You Way To Gorgeous). It’s a stunning plum/brown color that smudges magnificently on upper and lower lashlines.

I’ve gone a bit on and on with this post so I apologize for my rambling. I hope you are able to find your match of waterproof shadows and liners that suit you this summer season. You can’t go wrong with any of the ones I have featured here. If you have any doubts, swatch them in person if you can :)

What are your waterproof eye favorites? Do you apply liquid liner like a pro, or do you feel like there should be an app for that? ;P

*these items were provided by PR for review and consideration. My commitment is to being honest at all times.

Hello again! Today I am going to show you one of my most anticipated items in a long time….my haul from Stila’s spring 2011 collection. I only purchased two items, but the one item was too cute to pass up on!

Stila Spring 2011 Haul

I ended up getting the Make Me Blush Palette which is embossed with gold hearts on the first layer and a multi-colored heart pattern throughout. The gold is just an overspray and goes away with one use. The gold is far too strong to wear on cheeks anyway, but it does make the palette look much cuter! The Make Me Blush palette is super soft and super pigmented. You only need a little of this powder to give your cheeks a healthy glow. It does have a slight shimmer/sheen throughout. It is gorg!

Stila Make Me Blush Palette

Stila Make Me Blush Swatch (without the gold overspray)

If you have the chance, definitely pick this up. It retails for $14 on Stila’s website but I used the code STILAVIP and got free shipping and 20% off so I think I paid close to $11. I don’t know how long the code is good for, but you can only use it once per account.This is a must have for me.

Stila Coconut Crush Swatch

The other item I picked up was the new Stila Coconut Crush. I have two of the other crushes (Mango and Pomegranate) and have enjoyed wearing them on my cheeks. I thought I would give this more bronzey-rose shade a try. I like the color a lot and I know I will enjoy wearing this in the spring and summer months. I don’t care for wearing the crushes on my lips because they have a bad taste, but they blend well and last a long time as a stain on my cheeks.This retails for $24 but again, I got the 20% discount so I paid around $19.

I am very happy with my mini Stila spring haul. Have you checked out the Stila spring collection yet? Head over to their website muy rapido to pick up the Make Me Blush palette for sure!  *** After I wrote this post I realize Stila is out of stock on this item right now. No word on when it will be back. For a couple extra bucks you can pick up the same palette along with two lipglosses from Sephora.com here.

 

Hello lovelies! This summer I discovered a wonderful new way to declutter my makeup stash, namely, my eyeshadows. You know, the zillion little singles you have lying around in drawers, obnoxiously unorganized and underused? Have no fear! Enter, the Z Palette.

My Z Palette

This is a magnetic empty palette and is your canvas to design as you see fit. I purchased mine from Beauty.com for $20 and I chose the Zebra print version, though they come in other varieties. This is the large size and holds a number of eyeshadows. At first glance I can see Urban Decay, Stila, Pop, Prescriptives, and Ulta shadows in there. Most of these shadows came in their own containers, which I had to de-pot (sometimes this can be difficult) in order to place them in here. But throwing out all those containers and organizing the shadows in here gives me access to several shades I was overlooking because they were buried in my stash. Not to mention the space it cleared up by doing so! I plan to get at least one more Z Palette because I thoroughly enjoy the convenience and travel ability it gives me. It is worth noting that it is very sturdy as well. The clear view top is almost acrylic like in hardness. The only word of caution I have is that not all potted shadows are magnetic, so you may need to go to your local craft store and buy some magnet stickers to stick on the back of your shadows. Isn’t this such a great idea?!