Monday, February 27, 2012

Too Faced Eye Want it All 2

A few days ago a little box showed up at my door. With much glee, I promptly tore open the box to reveal my order from Too Faced!

I ordered the Eye Want it All 2 and a primer kit below:

With the Eye Want it All 2 came a full size Lashgasm mascara, Shadow Insurance, waterproof eyeliner and three palettes. as a free gift for my purchase I chose Glamor Gloss in Barely Legal. With the primer kit, (seperate from main kit), I got a travel size Shadow Insurance, Primed and Poreless face primer and Lip Insurance.

Below I will show the three eye palettes:

This is the Natural Eye palette. The colors in this palette are warm in tone. The top row are matte, while the other 6 shadows are either a stain, shimmer or glitter. 
Below are the swatches to the Natural Eye:


 The second palette is the Naked Eye palette. The color are cooler toned than the natural. There are also three matte colors in this palette, with the rest being more satin finish.
And here is the swatch of the Naked palette:

 The last palette from the kit is the Smokey Eye. With a mix of cool and warm tones, these colors are beautiful and rich. With only two colors fitting the matte bill.
Smokey Eye swatched:


All the colors from the three palettes are beautiful, with nice color pay off. Easy to work with and very blendable. Except for the more glittery shadows, all the colors are soft to the touch. Even the glittery ones are nice feeling. None were at all chalky. 

The eyeliner is amazing! So easy to glide on, with a creamy like texture. Highly pigmented and the waterproof formula really helps its lasting power. 
The mascara is so nice, I am in love with both of them!
And of course the Shadow Insurance is my favorite eye primer. It beats out my mac prep and primed.

Overall, I am so excited and pleased with this purchase. And you get alot of bang for your buck. For the Eye Want it All 2 kit, I paid $85.00 with a coupon code. It retails on the TooFaced.com for $99.00.
Which may sound a little pricey, but if you were to purchase each item seperately, you would pay alot more. So this is a great deal, with huge savings.

If you have any of these palettes, please tell me what you think of them.

And check out my Too Faced haul video:


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Academy Awards 2012 Hits and Misses

Hello my Lovelies! I am still watching the Academy Awards, but just cannot wait to start this blog. So many beautiful gowns and some that just fell short.  I am glad that no one completely bombed though. I honestly don't take pleasure in seeing someone make that mistake.

I found that I liked more dresses than I disliked! So, I will be putting the most focus on the positive, with just a sprinkle of my misses of the night.

Now, onto my personal favorite gowns of the night!

Ah, I love Michelle Williams. So beautiful in this Louis Vuitton red tulle gown. 

Gwyneth Paltrow looks so classic and beautiful in Tom Ford. She pulled the cape off effortlessly thanks to a soft color and minimal accessories. 

Penelope Cruz looks so classicly stunning in a lavender Armani gown.


Milla Jovovich brought sparkle in Elie Saab gown.


Cameron Diaz brings a soft femininity with Gucci.

Octavia Spencer looks lovely in Tadaschi Soshi.

                          Angelina Jolie is looking and noticeably feeling very sexy in Atletier Versace.
  

                                                          I only had three that I felt didn't make the cut.
                                             
Gleen Close, lose the jacket. The Zac Posen dress itself, is beautifully constructed, why hide it?

Not sure why Shailene Woodley chose such a matronly look. She is young and vibrant and this Valentino is just to old a look for her. 

Sandra Bullock in what appears to be an oversized Marchesa gown. The gown is pretty, but it should be more fitted. The way it is here, just ruins everything about the overall look. 

So, overall I like pretty much everyones look tonight. 

What were your hits and misses of the night? Any particular favorites or anyone who just did not cut it for you?





Image credit: Getty Images


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Victorian Disco Cosmetics haul

Victorian Disco Cosmetics is a great indie company, who creates some of the prettiest loose powder shadows. They are all vegan and cruelty free. She has a shop on etsy.com which you can find HERE.

I recently ordered 15 mini jars, in which I could pick and choose any shadow from her various collections. I recieved them a couple days ago. The order was filled and shipped out in about a week and half, which pleased me. I was really excited to get these guys in. And was really impressed with just how much product you get in these mini jars. 

Here are all the shadows I ordered:


 I swatched all the colors, and starting here we have Desert Eagle(Care Package Glitters) and Salazar (House Points Collection)

 These are from Rococo Roller Rink Collection:
Revolutionary Ball, Pannier, Baroque,Antoinette, Antrophine, Powder Wig


 And lastly these are from the Galaxy Down the Street Collection:
Yoda's Yoga Mat, It's a Trap, Millenium Falcon, The Fett, Lightsaber, Ewok Pajama Party, Do the Jabba, Jabba


I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance with these swatches and the colors just popped. They are just as pretty without primer, but they come across softer. Most loose powdered shadows last longer and have better color payoff with primer and I suggest using these and any other powder shadow with a primer. 

I am extremely happy with these shadows, the colors are so pretty and all of VDC's colors have a unique-ness about them that I am drawn to. Not to mention the names of the shadows are so fun and clever.

All the collections shown above have more colors in the collections, these are just the ones I choose from each collection. 

The prices of the shadows are a great deal too! You can get full size jars (2g) for $4.99. I bought the 15 mini jars for 15% off  which brought my order to $25.50 including shipping. And as you can see, you get alot of product and a quality product at that! 

I am in love!

Again, you can check out Victorian Disco's etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/VictorianDisco 

Check out my video on these shadows for more info on each color:







Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel in Buttercup

Revlon's polish in Buttercup is a creamy soft  yellow. It goes on smooth and easy and opacity is reached easily with two coats. It has a nice shine on its own, and is advertised to last 11 days when used with Colorstay base and top coat. I can't confirm this personally.



I have China Glaze Fast Forward top coat on in the above picture. I love this color, and plan on using essie's lilacism on my accent nail or maybe a little design. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Essie Lilacism nail lacquer

Essie's Lilacism is right on trend for this spring. This beautiful lacquer is from The Art of Spring Collection and is a creamy pastel purple, that is so soft and feminine.



  I reached a perfect opacity with just two coats. It has a satin-like finish. It went on smoothly and easily, and I am in love! This will be a staple for me this spring.



I purchased this from Walgreens for around $6.85
What do you think of this color? And do you like essie polish?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

L'oreal Colour Riche in l'orange nail color

When I saw this color, I knew I had to have it. I is simply gorgeous. It is in the same line as the "jet set to paris" I previously talked about. 
When I put on the first coat, I admit I felt somewhat disappointed that it wasn't more opaque. In fact it was rather sheer. 



I had to apply FOUR coats to achieve the opacity you see in the picture below, and you can still see a hint of  the white of my free edge.


I can't deny however, that I still love the color. It is just beautiful. I just wish it was more opaque. 
So, if you love this color as much as I do, I suggest finding it in another brand that offers a more opaque version. 
Revlon had an orange that was almost exact to this and I do like the coverage of their polishes. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

L'oreal nail color

Jet Set to Paris by L'oreal is a goregous medium creamy blue (with a subtle purple-y undertone/base).



I love the creamy polishes over the shimmer/glitter ones. And this does not disappoint. This line of polish seems to offer more cream polish than the shimmer that seems to dominate drug store shelves. 

It is advertised as a one coat and go, but I found that two coats really worked much better.  It isn't to thick or to thin, and is easy to apply. It does dry rather quickly, so that is very nice indeed. 

They advertise that when used with their base and top coat the polish can last 10 days. I did not purchase either so cannot comment either way on that.

I love this color and is a perfect shade of blue for my skin tone, as it is a warm shade of blue. 

Has anyone used this polish before? How do you like it? And has anyone tested the 10 day statement?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Blue Valentine (The tutorial)

Hello lovelies!  I hope all of you are doing great today!

Today, I am going to share a valentine look that isn't what you would think of as very valentines. As it doesn't consist of pinks and purples and colors of the like.

I was instantly inspired when I logged into Etsy and on the front page was valentine gift ideas, but these were all in the colors of teal, seafoam green, light blues and mint greens. One particular item stood out with small red hearts that just seemed to jump out at you against these various shades of blues and greens.

So, this is what I came out with:




 And the eyeshadows I used from my BH Cosmetics (matte and shimmer palettes used):





 Maybelline color tattto in Tenacious Teal:

 Maybelline Define-A-Line liner:

 Revlon lipstick in Really Red (matte):

Other products use:
Rimmel London 25 hour foundation
Clinique lash doubling mascara 
NARS blush in Orgasim
Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil
Maybelline highlight and conceal
MAC prep n prime

I had alot of fun with this look and hope you enjoy it! Thanks for reading!

If you would like to watch the tutorial:




Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dramatic Valentine's Day look

So, today proved to be a difficult filming day. I had a tutorial planned, went through and filmed, only to find out that 98% of the footage was not usable.

I did however get some decent pictures out of it, and did not want to feel that the whole day was a loss.
I decided to post a couple of the pictures here.



For the eyes, I used BH Cosmetics 88 shimmer palette and 88 matte palette
Almay liquid liner in black pearl
Clinique lipstick in pink-a-boo
NARS blush in Orgasim 
Clinique lash doubling mascara 

And for silliness sake here is a few blooper clips I edited together. 
 Between it either being fuzzy, or the camera totally screwing up the colors (pinks looking brown or black looking purple and that coming from a $175 camera), to not being completely in the shot the whole thing could be consider one big blooper haha!

video