FOTD: Ariel Strikes Back


Sephora's Ariel Palette........ah, it brings back memories from last summer. The frantically rushing out to purchase it. The nervousness of not getting the palette, finally to the eventual boredom with the palette. The shadows are mostly pigmented, but there are a few duds. I decided to reach for the more pigmented shadows to do a colorful look. I really love how blues and purples look against brown eyes. They really make the eyes stand out.

This kind of look would be perfect for a night out, or as a day look for those who are feeling kind of spunky. I think color is fun to incorporate into your makeup routine. It can refresh you when you are feeling like you're stuck in a rut. I wore this look just around the house and out to Five Guys Burgers and Fries. 

Products used:
Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer
Sephora Ariel Palette - Triton, Caspian Sea, Sea Witch
Urban Decay Tease (crease)
Anastasia Dip Brow in blonde
Sephora Lashes (I'm not sure on the exact number)
Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack

Face:
Bourjois Matte Primer Serum
Bourjois 123 Foundation
Tarte Airbrush Foundation Powder
Tarte Exposed Blush
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil 
Revlon Charm Balm Stain (under eyes)
MUFE Full Cover concealer
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light

Lips:
Loreal Fairest Nude

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Friday, April 11, 2014
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FOTD: Natural Look Featuring My New Hair Style






















It's Spring! That means that it is time for a hair change. Since I've been growing my hair out, I didn't want to do anything that would cause me to lose a lot of length. For that reason, I spruced up my look by getting bangs again. I had them previously and sort of let them go. I also retexturized my hair to give it a few more layers.

I thought I would share today's look for the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch party that I'm attending tonight for work. Some of you may know that I'm obsessed with my Galaxy S4, so it's only natural that I'm stoked for the S5. I wanted to keep my look professional, but not too dressed up. I chose a neutral eye with some winged liner and my new favorite natural lipstick, Bite Beauty's Cava.

I also got a chance to play around with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush foundation. This is a powdered foundation that has a lot of coverage. This is my first wearing it, so I'll be sure to update you all with how it holds up throughout the launch party. I've also had some of you ask about my hair on instagram. I have not lightened it or dyed it at all. My hair naturally has some blonde highlights to it, so it's kind of a funky ombre thing right now.

Products used:
Eyes:
Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Urban Decay Naked 2 palette - Suspect and Tease
Elf Liquid Liner in Black
Anastasia Brow Kit in Blonde (wax and lightest shade for inner part of brow)
Anastasia Dip Brow in Blonde
Tarte Mascara

Face:
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush foundation
Bourjois Matte Primer Serum
Hourglass Blush in Mood Exposure
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
Benefit Eye Brightening Concealer duo


Lips:
Bite Beauty Cava

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xoxo,
Shelly

















Sunday, April 6, 2014
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First Impressions: Beauty Blender


I finally got my hands on a Beauty Blender, courtesy of my best friend. I have been really curious about this beauty tool after hearing a lot of my fellow muas rave about the BB. I'l admit that I've been very skeptical probably because I remember back to those old white makeup sponges that I used as a teenager.


My skepticism didn't keep me from feeling all giddy when I saw the Beauty Blender sitting in its little container. I wondered what this sponge would hold in all its pink glory.


The actual sponge is shaped like a tear drop, with a fat end and a more tapered end. I used the fat end to dab on my foundation in a back and forth patting motion. I used the tapered end to blend out my undereye concealer. To use the Beauty Blender, I turned on my water spout and placed the BB in the water for a few until the sponge was completely saturated. I squeezed the Beauty Blender after I turned off the water and then I wrapped the little guy up in a paper towel. Once inside the paper towel, I gave it another squeeze for good measure.

I applied my Mac Pro Longwear foundation in dots on my face and then patted the BB all over the area to pat in my foundation. I continued this process until my foundation looked even. The results were astonishing to me. My skin really did look airbrushed!!

I am definitely impressed by this little pink sponge and would highly recommend the Beauty Blender to anyone!

Here's a product list for the look in the photo!

Products used:
Eyes:
Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Lorac Pro Palette (espresso, lt bronze, and pewter)
Anastasia Dip Brow in Blonde
Ardell Falsies in #110 black
Mac Fluidline Blacktrack
Face:
Mac Pro Longwear Foundation in NC 15
MUFE Full Cover Concealer
Bourjois Matte Primer Serum
Mac Blotting Powder
Revlon Balm Stain in Charm
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
Lips:
Bite Beauty lipstick in Cava

xoxo,
Shelly



Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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FOTD: Purpley Pop



Hey readers! I was very inspired by spring today for my makeup look. I wanted to really brighten up my face and keep the look fairly simple. Of course I did have to throw falsies on to add some drama though. 

Funny story about this lipstick I'm wearing. It was a limited edition color from Mac last year. I bought it up I haven't really worn it since. I was in the middle of an orange lip phase, so I just had to have it. I thought I hated it for some reason, but Razzle Dazzler really brought the perfect spring touch to this FOTD. 

Products used:

Eyes:
Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer
Sigma Resort Luna (lid), Topaz (crease), Moonbeam (lower lashline)
Ardell Lashes in 117
Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Mac Eyebrow Pencil

Face:
Bourjois Happy Light Matte Primer Serum
Mac Pro Longwear Foundation in NC15
Revlon Lip butter in Juicy Papaya (color correcting)
Benefit Erase Paste in the lightest shade
Mac Blotting Powder
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
Tarte Exposed blush
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light

Lips:
Mac Razzle Dazzler

Thanks for checking out this post!
xoxo,
Shelly

Friday, March 28, 2014
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Review: Milani Rose Powdered Blushes in Lady Rouge and Coral Cove


When I first saw these Milani rose powdered blushes, I knew I had to have them. I spent nearly a month searching endlessly for the product. I was really wanting the pink shade, Tea Rose. I never found it though. Instead, I found these two - Lady Rouge and Coral Cove. I had read some mixed reviews on these Rose blushes, so I thought I should take a leap of faith and see what they were all about.



Lady Rouge (pictured above) is a pretty deep color for my skintone. It's a bright pink that leans somewhat red on my NC15 face. Lady Rouge is incredibly pigmented both in swatches and on the face. When I swatched this shade, it was pigmented but seemed a little patchy almost. I had to really work it into my arm to get a good looking swatch. I did not have this problem on my face though.


Here's how Lady Rouge looks when applied to the face with a duo fiber brush. You can see the color goes on very smoothly and isn't patchy at all. The color lasted on me for over 12 hours with very minimal fading. 


Coral Cove was the second Milani Rose blush shade that I picked up. The color seemed a lot more suited to my skin tone. Coral Cove, just like Lady Rouge, was very pigmented. It also swatched kind of patchy, but went on very smoothly on the cheeks. I wore Coral Cove for over 8 hours with minimal fading.




Swatches of both shades taken with two different cameras.





All of the Milani Rose blushes are available through Milani's website for $7.99. 

Overall thoughts:
Great Pigmentation
Fantastic Staying Power
Good Blendability
Affordable

Would I recommend these? Definitely.

xoxo,
Shelly

Saturday, March 22, 2014
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St. Patrick's Day Makeup


It's no secret that holidays are the perfect opportunity to bust out bold shadows and go for the dramatic. St. Patrick's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays for doing my makeup. Greens really stand out against my brown eyes, so I love St. Patrick's Day for its green hues. 


I've actually really been itching to find a neon yellow based green for awhile. I've considered getting UD Electric, Sleek Acid, or Sugarpill Acidberry. I knew I wouldn't be able to find a shadow in time for St. Patrick's Day though. I knew I needed to come up with something.
That's when I decided to mix Inglot 477 with Sugarpill Butter Cupcake. The results can be seen in the inner corner of my look today.


The color is pretty much exactly what I was going for. I also decided to try my hand at falsies again for the second time. I had a lot more success this time around. I actually got the lashes to be close to my lash line!


Products used:
Eyes:
Anastasia Dip Brow in Blonde
Inglot 477, 17
Sugarpill ButterCupcake
Sleek Storm Palette (the emerald green)
Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack
Ardell Glamour Lashes in 101 Black

Face:
Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum
Mac Pro Longwear Foundation in NC15
Benefit Erase Paste mixed with MUFE Full Cover Concealer
Mac Blotting Powder
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
Mac Emphasize 
Milani Rose Blush in Coral Cove
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light

Lips:
L'oreal Fairest Nude


Let me know what you think down below!
xoxo,
Shelly




Monday, March 17, 2014
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Review: Wet n Wild Powder Play 5 Pan Coloricon Eyeshadow

Wet n Wild has always been known for being one of the better drugstore brands. Their products have always been a great bang for the buck. I was always a fan of the pigmentation on their eyeshadows. So, it was no surprise when I caught sight of the new Wet n Wild 5 pan eyeshadows at my local CVS that I had to have them. They were around $4 if I remember right, so it was pretty affordable as usual. 


Tunnel Vision, the gray WnW Powder Play Coloricon palette really jumped out at me. It looked like the colors would be really great for a smokey eye. I also like the way the shadows look in the small palette. It would be a great one to travel with.


These swatches of Tunnel Vision were taken on bare skin without any primer. I found that Tunnel Vision had OK pigmentation. It definitely is less pigmented than the older Wet n Wild formula. It took a little more to buildup the colors on my eyes. I also found that Tunnel Vision had a tendency to fade throughout the day, even when over primer. 


The Naked Truth palette also jumped out at me. I figured it would be really great as a back up palette to keep in my purse for those makeup emergencies. I especially loved the color marked "crease". 


The Naked Truth was less pigmented than Tunnel Vision. I was really disappointed with the pigmentation. The shadows out of The Naked Truth were very muddy on the eyes. The colors all seemed to come out about the same once applied. The shadows also faded considerably on me. 


Overall, I would not recommend either of these two palettes. The pigmentation is weak in my opinion. If you can get your hands on Wet n Wild Comfort Zone, do so. It has superior pigmentation and staying power.

xoxo,
Shelly
Sunday, March 16, 2014
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Tutorial Tuesday: Inglot Cosmetics




Hey readers! Today's post is a tutorial featuring one of my favorite brands - Inglot Cosmetics. I'm going to show you how to recreate this eye look. Since I have deep set eyes, you may have to adjust the placement to fit your eye shape. 


Let's get started!


Start off with your eye and prime it. I'm using a paint pot by Mac called Painterly.


Take a shimmery orange shadow and apply it to the beginning 1/3 of the lid. I'm using Inglot #605. It's the perfect burnt orange color for this look.


For the next step, you will apply a red shadow to the majority of the lid. Be sure to overlap it with the orange to create a gradient, blended effect. I'm using Inglot #450 for this.


To bring the look together and help with blending, use a fluffy blending brush to apply a midtone to the crease. Since I don't have much of a crease, I'm going to bring my midtone up a little higher to make sure you can still see it when my eyes are open. I'm using Urban Decay Limit from the Naked 3 palette to do this.


We are going to define the crease in the next step. I began by taking a pointed crease brush and Inglot # 434. I used windshield wiper motions to blend it out. I also took Urban Decay Blackheart, from the Naked 3 palette, and deepened up the outer corner of the crease too. That step is of course optional, but I like a defined outer corner. 


Your eye should be looking something like this by now.


Go ahead and create a line with your favorite gel liner. I'm using Blacktrack by Mac fluidline. You can choose to wing it out or not. I didn't do it for this look because I winged out the lower lash line with shadow instead.


At this point, it's time to highlight your inner corner. I used a mostly matte color from Wet n Wild called Brulee. This color is perfect for bringing life back into your eyes.


On the lower lash line, we are going to start with our orange shadow and blend it in the middle part of our lower lash line. I used a small pencil brush for this step. You then want to take your red shadow and bring it out in the shape outlined by the dots. It's going to act as your wing for this look. 

Add your mascara and fill in your brows and you're all good to go!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Let me know what kinds of looks you want to see tutorials on down below.

xoxo,
Shelly

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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