Thursday, June 9, 2011

True Blood Tarte

Did anyone see this month's issue of Cosmopolitan? Tarte is coming out with a 16 shadow palette with brush and liner cheekstain and lip luster in honors of the True Blood series. Cool beans.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

MUD Summer Escape Workshop

 I had the good fortune to attend Make Up Designory's Summer Escape Workshop. They hold free workshops twice a month which is pretty cool. The workshops are said to run 4 hours but it was more like an hour of instruction, an hour of shopping and then an hour of playing with makeup. They are good for beginners and those shy with color. They'll definitely teach you a look. This workshop was focused just on eyes.
Arjun thinks my cheeks are tasty
The Summer Escape Eye look modeled by yours truly lol. Eye colors used are Dulce de leche for highlight, Sunset in inner corner of eye, Cajun spice on the lid and sienna on the crease and lashline. I also added some Urban Decay liner in Bourbon for some extra Ummph.
I'm wearing Mac My Paradise on cheeks and Chanel Ming lacquer on lips. 
I also bought some eyeshadows in Spanish Gold and Pink Grapefruit and a lipgloss in Spicy.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Eve Pearl haul from Black Pearl Sale

I think I mentioned before, how much I love Eve Pearl Eyeshadows. The texture is buttery smooth and the colors are vibrant. I couldn't resist taking advantage of her Black Pearl Sale to add to my collection. Eve Pearl was so sweet to send me two more palettes! She sent me Sapphire Eyes(Blues) and Velvet Eyes (Violets)Palettes. The rest I purchased myself as I do with everything on the site unless otherwise mentioned. I never use eyeshadow base when I do my swatches. I just take a finger and wipe them on my arm. So you can see the color payoff in the most basic of applications. I did something different with this post. I added some comparisons from some of my eyeshadow collection! Lots of fun. It's been a while since I played with my makeup so bare with me : D

Eve Pearl Velvet Eyes


MUFE 126, Nars Night Fairy (too sparkly but the base is the same), Stila Backstage Eye Palette in Flamingo is more hot pink, Laura Mercier Shy Violet Eye Quad has a red/brown base, Chanel Irreelle Duo in 20 Orient Eyes is deeper/redder. ( harder to find similarities in my stash to this one)

Eve Pearl Sapphire Eyes

Nars Himalayas (spot on), Mac Expensive Pink is more frosted/pinker, Clarins Nature Temptations palette 1, Brown is deeper and the Teal from the same palette is a bit more frosted/blue based, Mufe Diamond Green is more hunter green, Nars Night Flight base is too black the Eve Pearl is a Navy Blue)

 Eve Pearl Emerald Eyes

 Comparisons on the top Row from Left to Right
Smashbox Smoky Eyes Cream this one has a browner base, Laura Geller Baked Eye Dreams Sunset Horizon bronze is a little bit more frosted, Fresh Roman Holiday brown is a little bit deeper with red sparkles, Cargo Egypt light green is very frosted and with a silvery base, Mally Citychick Central Park smokey eye kit is deeper/blacker, Nars Night Flight (nah too dark), Mac Deep Truth more vibrant blue.
The Bottom Row is The Emerald Eyes Palette


Eve Pearl Palette


Chanel Beige from Les 4 Ombres 25 Variations ( this is my fav palette, dare I say the texture of Eve Pearl is similar to Chanel in this palette), Mac Coppering, Chanel Copper from 25 Variation palette is more orange, Bobbi Brown Expresso is deeper brown, Nars green from Belly Dance Duo , Bobbi Brown Cavier is a true black

Eve Pearl Sassy Cheeks in Medium

The two blush colors to the left are matte and the bronzer is sparkly. The bronzer is more of a coral blush for me, I am not too fond of orangey bronzers for my skintone (light/yellow based) I was wondering if I should have bought the Tan/Dark blush palette because these were very light. The good thing is that these are more user friendly it's hard to overdo your blush if you follow her skintone guidelines. I liked that these were more on the coral side, perfect for summer.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Coral Sensation!

I have an itch for coral/orangey makeup lately.

I have behaved though. I bought the new blush from Mac in My Paradise and an older lipglass in Lychee Luxe. Goodness speaking of lychee have any of you had them? Those are one of my top summer fruits favorite..Mmm Juicy! My husband just brought me a bag from Chinatown.  Gotta love NY!

Clarins lipstick in Papaya.
This one you can see the glossy shine!

 The blurry pic is more true to color.
Here are swatches of the delicious coralness. 

Below from Left to Right Clarins Lipstick in Papaya, Mac Lipglass in Lychee Luxe, Mac blush in My Paradise color side and then color plus gold overlay

The Clarins lipstick in Papaya is very glossy and has glitter in it. I like it. It's light and bright perfect for summer. Wears like a lipgloss though. I get about 2 hrs of wear time. It's slightly sticky. The mac lipglass is more of a pinky coral and is very frosted. I have been wearing the blush all week. I love it. I've been wearing it matte without the overlay to get more color. it's very versatile.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Makeup Show NY 2011

Gosh this is too embarrassing I started this post a more than a week ago lol. I hadn't had the time to upload pictures. .

I am so excited I got to go to the Makeup Show again this year. Albeit for too little time. I felt so alive and inspired. I got there at 9am and the line was loooong but moving. I ended up buying tickets at the door because I missed the online cut off date for $70 (ouch)  It was still worth it. My favorite vendors were MUFE, Inglot, Anastasia, Eve Pearl, Smashbox, YSL, and Jane Iredale. I didn't go by Mac because it's always insanely full and I already have thier Pro card so I can pop by their flagship or pro stores anytime. I did sign up for a few pro memberships while I was there. Smashbox I had since 2009 and their membership doesn't expire or have fees and a 30% discount. Jane Iredale has the most generous discount at up to 70%. Anastasia at 30%,  I also signed up for Kevyn Aucoin, Stila, Nars and Naimes though I still haven't heard back from them.

I hope Tarte joins the ranks of these wonderful vendors next year. Because I don't know about you, but their new Amazonian Clay line is HOOOOT. lol. Sigh...QVC you are too addictive.

Jane Iredale, I ended up buying their amazing base pressed powder because it's absolutely amazing. It's mineral based and feels like air/no tight/itchy face thank you! I am looking forward go experimenting with this brand in the future. They also have a liquid minerals that looks cool. I also have some of their 24kt pigments I will swatch for you.
This is Amazing Base Pure Pressed minerals in Warm Silk.
Very Strong Coverage
This is the Jane Iredale 25kt pigment from left to right in Rose, Lilac and Bronze.
These are like Mufe star powders the the glitter is grittier/golder.

Anastasia. I love how their products are focused on fixing aging concerns. Crapey eyelids lol. I give them a thumbs up for effectively hydrating the area. As you can see this week I have used their original palette a lot and I love it. I feel the area is definitely more hydrated. Though I need to be more militant about putting on eye cream. I'm not a spring chicken anymore lol.

Smashbox! I love their version of the neutral palette. I feel like everyone is coming out with neutrals this year. I'm sure you all saw the NYX nude on nude...they made no attempt to hide the similarities to Urban Decay Nude. I will order this one and do a comparison eventually. It's amazing but I actually don't own any NYX products even though I've heard wonders on the brand.

Anyway, I'll compare the smashbox softbox palette to the Too Faced Natural Eye and Urban Decay Nude.

Smashbox Softbox Palette

Below is a swatch of Too Faced Natural Eye

Below are swatches of the Urban Decay Nude

Arjun made an appearance. Can you see his little toe? lol. This is why I don't blog that much anymore.

Zpalette. I'm kicking myself in the bum for not getting more of these. I was worried since I have a million mac/mufe palettes I didn't really need this. But I was wrong. My goodness their magnet is powerful! Once you place these babies in they are as good as glued! I love it. I am anticipating that these will probably replace all my palettes.

Here is my little bundle of joy. He was enjoying kicking around my palettes He is turning 5 months next Tuesday : D