30 October 2012

Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool

Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool.
So this baby is something new from Too Faced.  The 3 Way Lash Lining Tool grabbed my interest because it seemed like something, that conceptually, would be right up my alley.  

A regular barrel style eyeliner pen... or is it?
The premise is that this one tool will enable you to line your eyes three ways.  The first - Lining to thicken your lashes.  The second - Precisely lining your upper waterline.  The third - Regular winged/ cat-eye liner.

BEHOLD! Frankentip!
This three pronged tip, theoretically, will allow you to dot product ever so daintily between the lashes.  The width of the tip is very similar to your typical angled liner brush, but depending upon the angle you hold it at, you well get very different "strokes" and looks from the brush.

Examples of the three styles of line you can get from the TF 3 Way Lash Lining Tool.
So, off the bat.  The formulation of the ink in this pen is very different than the formulation of the ink in the tester I tried out at Macy's.  It's not as black, consistent or quick drying as I thought it was.  In fact, the dots blobbed out a bit on my hand, and while the ink is black, it comes out very sheerly. I don't think this is a product that would bode well on my face.

This is for illustrative purposes - Before.
See how shiny and patchy it is?  I'm not entirely impressed with it.  I like my eyeliners to be super black and super opaque when I use them.  I also like them to dry quickly, so I can go about applying the rest of my face in a timely fashion.  Something which this does not do (as you will see below).

After - 1 min has elapsed for the top rectangle, over 5 has elapsed for the demo swatches.
Conceptually, the critical failure in this product is not with the lining tool itself, which I think is really neat, and wish this had worked out the way I wanted it.  The failure is the formulation of the product.  Based on the above demo you need to wait for over five minutes for the liner to set, and even then, don't wear it on a rainy day because this will dissolve and run if the above test is any indication.  To which I say, why bother purchasing then? At this stage of the eyeliner game and the evolution of makeup shouldn't we expect eyeliner to black, opaque and non-runny?  

This product retails for $22 USD from Too Faced, Sephora, Macy's and other fine retailers.

L'Oreal London Fall Nail Varnish Collection

These have been kicking around in my collection as of late.  I purchased them about mid-month, but I've been so busy it's been unreal.  So, I have swatches of the two polishes that caught my attention.  One because it's a khaki-taupe with golden shimmer, and the other because it looks like it could be a fair dupe for Illamasqua's Muse Nail Varnish.  Onto the swatches!

In natural light.
With iPhone 4 Flash.

The taupe is Brit Invasion.  The deep teal-blue creme is Rainy Piccadilly.  I found these little charms at Rite Aid, on special.

29 October 2012

Target Beauty Bag - Fall 2012

This will be the first and last time the Target Beauty Bag will be featured on the Think Tank.  Apparently, after this bag Target will no longer be offering the Beauty Bag.  The Target Beauty Bag, for the record is free, they make it available on their Facebook page, and as long as you like Target and provide shipping information, the bag will be shipped to you free of charge.  This is the first time I partook in the Target Beauty Bag experience, and here are my thoughts.

What the Beauty Bag is shipped in

I actually forgot that I had requested a Beauty Bag from Target's Facebook page, so I was pleasantly surprised when this turned up in my mailbox.  The exterior was a simple cardboard box, and this is was what was contained within.

A little faux leather animal print makeup bag, with realistic texturing.  Creepy!
The bag was small, but I liked it.  It would be perfect to carry in a purse or bag.  Something nice to repurpose and get multi-use out of.  Pretty decent for a free sample set.

The samples!
- A exclusive set of Target Beauty Product Coupons
- A sample of Pixi Face Primer
- Samples of Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo and condition
- L'Oreal Ever Creme Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Masque
- Jergens Daily Moisture Lotion
- Frederic Fekkai Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner


So - for this being a Beauty Bag, I was expecting there to be more beauty product samples and less toilette type things.  But hey, beggars can't be choosers.  These will be great for traveling, so I'm happy.  I also liked the included coupons.  Where I live Target is more expensive (in terms of drugstore beauty products) than Walmart or Drugstore sales.  The standout coupon was the $2 off the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation, which I have been insanely curious about, and now can't wait to try.

I was really pleased with what I received for it being a free service.  It's sad to see it go, but if Target decides to resurrect it, I will be sure to jump on it again!

28 October 2012

FOTD - Frankenstorm Mask

So, it appears that Halloween is going to be tanked because of Hurricane Sandy aka Frankenstorm.  I live in one of the areas that's going to be heavily affected by the storm.  So while I still have power and internet, I took advantage of the situation and did a Halloween FOTD.  My plan was to use Paperself Under the Sea corner lashes to amp up the look, but I had no lash glue.  I also didn't drop-out my brows because I had no safety glue, and used my brows to plot the shape of the mask. So, this mask is sort of underwater inspired.  I recognize that it's flawed, but I profess no excessive technical skill with makeup. 

Oh look! It's me in a poorly done mask!

The outline of the mask was done freehand, with a fleshtoned pencil.  Then for a base Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion was used for the central area of the face, and Demoltion 24/7 Shadow Pencil was used for the edges and blended together.  Then matte purples, blues, greens and red were blended haphazardly to achieve the watercolor inspired gradient.  Eyes were lined using Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner in Black.  Eyes were further accentuated with Sebastian Trucco Angel Face Holographic Palette. 

This is just an awkward angle, but now you can see the lid detail.
 The rest of the face was kept simple.  Foundation was NARS Sheer Matte in Punjab.  Cheeks were lightly contoured with Illamasqua Ambition Blush.  Lips were Wet n'Wild Matte Lipstick in 902C with Naked Lipliner blended at the outer corners and Urban Decay Glide On Cream Highlighter in Moonshine for a lip highlight.  I think the next time I will carry more of the purple base further in, the streaky-ness on the edges was not an intentional effect, but it adds to the watercolor look I unintentionally was going for.

PRODUCTS USED (In no particular order):

- NARS Sheer Matte Fdtn - Punjab
- Tarte Inner Rim Brightener
- Illamasqua Cane Pencil
- UD Demolition 24/7 Shadow Pencil
- UD Rasom 24/7 Eyeliner
- WnW I Heart Matte Palette (Bright Side + Browbone Shade from Neutral Side)
- MAC Vibrant Grape ES
- MAC Deep Truth ES
- MAC Post Haste ES
- MAC Sushi Flower ES
- Trucco Angel Face Holographic Palette
- Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner
- Benefit They're Real! Mascara
- UD Moonglow Glide On Cream Highlighter
- WnW 902 C Matte Lipstick
- MAC Naked Lip Pencil
- Illamasqua Ambition Blusher

27 October 2012

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report!

Rachel has some fun at Barney's and makes a new discovery at Rachel's Makeup and Skincare.

Lola of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog had the excellent opportunity to interview Allure Magazine's Assistant Editor, Sophia Panych!

Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog is revisiting a vintage post on OCC Lip Tars!

Lindsay show's whether October's Birchbox was a trick, or a treat, at The Beauty Think Tank.

If you would like to be featured in a future Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please contact Lindsay at beautythinktank(at)gmail(dot)com!

25 October 2012

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup!

23 October 2012

LiQWd Professional Volumizing Catalyst

This is going to be a little quick review.  Mainly because I only used this product a handful of times before I cut my hair, and now find it too much for my short do.  So, I will tell you this.  This is an interesting product.  It's a root spray, that's for all over your head.  It gives lift at the root and body to the hair shaft.  I would actually say that this is not a product for those with short hair, mainly because it really lifts the hair shaft, and if you overdo it with this product, you will literally stick your hair up on end all over.

For those with longer hair, this product is fantastic.  When I had my longer side, a spritz closer the roots gave me awesome volume that no other product I have tried ever did.  Which was amazing.  And the best part was, I could control the results to some reasonable degree of success.  Which for me meant really lifted roots/ crown area, and sleek and smooth sides.

I've used this on my sisters hair, who has fine, but plentiful follicles cut just below her collarbone with long layers and it worked great! I spritzed in it and blew her hair out and she was left with volumized and lifted but SOFT hair.  Which is the best part about this product, it really leaves no residue in the hairshaft, it penetrates and lifts.

The downside, similarly, is that even though this is supposed to be moisturizing, it did dry my hair out a bit.  And it's really easy to overdo it with the product.  If you have fine hair, less is more. Give it a few spritzes, comb it in and blow dry.  Thicker/ Oilier hair can definitely take on more of this.

It's also worth mentioning the true intentions of this product, and that is in the age of the straight and sleek do's who's waves have been smoothed out with a flat iron, LiQWd found that the volume was always crushed out of it as well.  So, the Professional Volumizing Catalyst was meant to be the answer.  Have smooth strands and your bouncy volume, too.  (Like the Marie Antoinette of the styling world).

Also, Also.  This stuff smells amazing.  Like Sweet Pea from Bath and Body Works, but slightly less sweet.

I ordered this from Birchbox (and tried it as a sample in my August box) and loved it enough that I bought the full size (to use when I grow my hair back out again).  This normally retails for $22, but with a selective application of Birchbox points you can score the luxely packaged full size for less!

22 October 2012

Birchbox - October

Oh! It's October? Time for another Birchbox!  And hey, the month is almost over, but not quite.  I guess my spot on the shipping manifest slipped because I didn't get this box until last Friday.  Then, I spent the entire weekend playing with the goodies, and there were some product samples I LOVED from this box.

This month was kinda light.  It wasn't as awesomely packaged or themed as past months boxes, but that's to be expected.  You can't get what you want ALL the time (but if you try sometimes, you just might findddd...).  That being said I really enjoyed almost all of the products in this months box.

Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel

from Birchbox.com
This was the big snooze of the box.  No where in my Birchbox profile do I specify that I have curly hair.  So not sure why I received this.  In fact, the instructions for use give specific, detailed instructions for how to use this product in curly hair.  So for my short, color treated, slightly wavy hair - I'm not sure if it will work for me, and if I'll ever use it.  The otherside of this sample is that I've seen this literally everywhere.  It's always a Sephora BI gift either online or at my store, and I see it everywhere.  It's just not for my hair type. That, and it was packaged in a crappy little cardboard sachet with a rip off top, which makes it impossible to keep around.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

from Birchbox.com
An eyeshadow sized sample of a shimmery, almost frosty, champagned toned highlighter was what I received.  And for all of my apprehension about the perma-frost, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this powder is super finely milled.  So, on the skin it just glows.  It's a gorgeous highlight for someone with my skintone.  Very candlelit and beautiful.  I also really like that the sample came with a magnetic snap closure.  Definitely a great, great sample.

Lucy B Cosmetics Roll On Perfume Oil Duo

from Birchbox.com
Straight from the Oz, two complimentary perfume oils that are meant to be worn individually or mixed for a different fragrance profile.  Now, what I definitely like about these, is that they are the first fragrance oil that I've tried that actually has staying power and throw.  Another, thing I dig about these is that, while they have throw, it's not overpowering in a knock you on your ass kind of way, it just smells nice.  Like you naturally smell like warm coconut and Australian botanicals.  The scent I really dig, and have been compulsively wearing is the Pink Frangipani oil, which on me, smells predominantly of warm coconut and heady frangipani, which sounds over bearing, but in oil form, it's really tempered to your skin and it smells femininely sexy.  I love these duos, I can't wait to purchase the full size.

Vitivia: Pro-Vitamin Capsules (Vitamin C & Vitamin A15)

from Birchbox.com

Ahhh the good old Antioxidant.  These are nice.  I've never used antioxidant capsules before, and what I am surprised about, with these, is the texture.  It's very thick, and feels like it's laden with silica.  Maybe to bind everything together?  I'm not sure.  One thing I noticed on the paper card is that it said embryolisseusa.com.  So, we now won't have to resort to Ebay to get our Embryolisse fix, yes?

LUNA Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

from Birchbox.com

This is full sized.  And since I am looking to inject more protein in my diet, I will take it.  However, I'm dubious.  The lemon LUNA bar tastes like sadness and fail.  I will report back on my thoughts.


I was e-mailed on 10 Oct that this had shipped and didn't receive the box until nine days later.  The shipping tracking link I was given never updated the entire time, so I had no idea when this would hit my doorstep.  So, a bit of a downgrade for this box.  But I have hope the next box will be better.

20 October 2012

An Epic Tale of Epic: My First Ill Fated 10k Trail Run

Never let it be said that I am not down to do dumb things.  My first trail run I was semi-coerced into doing.  Picture this, me at 265 lbs thinking 10k? On Trail? Psh.  I can SO do this!  Mind you, I had never run any kind of race before this one since I was 5.  I had only just conquered running a mile straight through in December, and was riding the high of I RAN A MILE! BRING IT ON! I ran one mile, I totally can make 7.2 my bitch! 

Amongst being willing to do dumb things, I was also slightly more willing to believe in my own athletic delusions.  So, when a friend of mine (who was in training for a Tough Mudder) told me that a group of our friends were signing up to do a 10k trail run called the Ugly Mudder, and she thought I should too, my inner warrior was like YES! YOU MUST DO THIS THING! THIS THING YOU HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE! BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO BE AWESOME AT IT! TRAIL RUNNING IS EASY!

For the record, I had never run trail before this point.  But I listened my inner warrior (who's nickname is LACness Monster, courtesy of my same friend who suggested I should do the Ugly Mudder) and I gleefully registered.  I haphazardly trained, as only the truly clueless can.  I ran on the treadmill as much as I could, did C25k training on pavement, and rain around on trails aimlessly with no specific goal in mind other than trying to get close to a 10k distance.  Again, for the record, most of my endeavors ended with me winded, walking around trying to catch my breath, and convincing the more rational portion of my mind that I could do this, maybe. My warrior was still down to rock out with it's bad self, but my warrior wasn't in my body.  In my mind, my warrior was lapping my body, telling it if I just tried harder I could do this!

So after a few weeks of "training", the day dawned.  It was February.  It wasn't as bone numbingly chilly as it could have been, and I woke up nervous.  I spent the two hour drive to the run site trying not to think about what I was going to be doing in the next few hours.  I thought about music and movies and work.  I actively focused on not thinking about the race because I really didn't want to psych myself out.  I felt fine.  I was strong.  I had trained for this.  I was totally ready! Right?

Here's the thing about being 265lbs and showing up for a race.  People tend to look at you funny. Like... Are you sure you're in the right place? kind of funny.  I never thought about what being my size meant before.  I never thought about my size at all.  So, when I got my race bib, I decided I wasn't going to worry about my size.  I was there. I had two legs. I could get through this.  I had an inner warrior, who also happened to be a loch ness monster.  These other racers didn't have that. Once I pinned my bib on, I had two goals.  To finish in under 3 hours, and to not be the last person through the finish line.  And with that mindset, I tentatively approached the starting line, trying to keep my "Game On" attitude in place while trying to resist the urge to say "I think I'll sit this one out".

Turns out, once the whistle blew for the start, you stop having a choice.  It's either go with the crowd, and there were 800 participants, or be trampled in the wake.  So I went.  I tried not to think about how winded I got in the first half mile, and kept pushing on up the incline to the first seperation point.  Where everything bottle necked and we had to climb up a hill.  From there, the terrain was so steep and rocky that I was forced to walk down a narrow path and slide down a burm to the highway, where I crossed over onto the Neversink Mountain Trail.  The first half was rough.  I had the wrong shoes (some cheap Danskin tennis shoes from Walmart that I had been working out in), and my feet were slipping around inside them.  I would try to gain on the terrain only to get slowed going up steep inclines.  I lost most of the pack within the first 30 minutes on the course.  So essentially, it was me against the mountain.  I tried not to think about how underprepared I was, and just kept going. 

Little did I know, the second half was the true endurance test.  I burst up an incline to the halfway waterstop, gasping for air and trying to keep the tears in my eyes from actively rolling down my face.  The people were cheerful, and very encouraging.  They told me to keep going, and that I was awesome because 200 people had dropped out of the race and were shuttled back to the start.  I'm not sure if it was that knowledge, a second wind or the start of an epic break with reality, but I crushed my water cup with determination and headed to the trail for the second half.

The second half went much the same as the first, with the exception of two things.  I ripped open the blisters on the back of my heels 15 minutes after the water stop, and was bleeding into my socks.  Which, at that point, I just ignored.  I was ready to battle.  I'd been on the verge of crying, I was already sweaty - so blood was finishing trifecta.  Until I got to the last incline.  It was almost 1/4 mile vertical, laden with rocks and twisted trees.  For most of the course, I just kept putting one foot in front of the other, again, really trying not to think about anything so that I could keep moving.  Each step forward was one more step to being done with this. But when I saw that last incline, I stop cold and borderline hysterically exclaimed "What kind of madness is this!?!" I looked at the incline and the tears started to roll down my face.  I was exhausted.  I was alone.  My legs were numb.  I was bleeding.  AND I HAD TO CLIMB ANOTHER DAMN MOUNTAINSIDE.  WHY.  What kind of cruel game was this!?!

I'm not sure how I got up the mountainside.  The actual answer was very close to the same way I had covered the rest of the course.  One motherfucking step at a time.  I'm sure my inner monster had a lot to do with this - because, I stopped the tears.  Literally hiked my pants up, and started climbing.  Halfway up, I'm pretty sure I was pissed off.  I was pissed that I thought I could do things, and I was pissed that I was stopping myself from doing them because I continued to let myself be fat and sedentary.  But I was also game with the knowledge of one thing.  I wasn't a quitter.  I could put up with a lot of shit.  This course was shitting all over me, and I wasn't going to give it the goddamned satisfaction of defeating me.  So, I climbed that fucking hillside.  And then I jogged to the beer stop, not letting myself walk.  Not letting myself do much of anything but keep moving.  I took my celebratory beer on the fly, and kept going. The final mile looping back around to the start.  

My group of friends saw me 1/4 mile away and they started to cheer for me.  At the top of the final crazy incline that this course, I now knew, was laden with.  With their cheers, I slowly, but steadily climbed up the hill and over the guard rail.  And all of them jogged with me to the chute, where I surrendered my flag from my bib.  Official time 2:54, and I wasn't the last person across the finish.
The pictures from the race weren't pretty.  I had blue hair, a really pissed off expression and an obvious limp in all of the shots from the race.  But, you know what.  Doesn't matter.  At 265lbs I fucking finished the race.

Now I told you that story, to tell you this story.  It's now October.  I am now 60lbs lighter than I was when I ran that first race.  I have more race experience, and significantly improved on my 5k finish times.  But, I'm heading back to that same mountain tonight for another race - the Fools and Ghouls 6.66 mi Night Trail Run.  Because this first race is what really pushed me down the path of losing weight, getting fit and active.  Everyone needs a catalyst and the Ugly Mudder was mine.  Now I have a new goal.  I want to finish the race in 1:45, and I want to finish in the middle of the pack.  I can run further, and I am much better at trail running than I was in February.  I have my trail shoes and my headlamp, and I am going out to go re-visit where my journey all started.  I'll let y'all know how it goes.


19 October 2012

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report!

Check out some Crimson, Oxblood, Wine Lips at Rola's Fountain of Youth.

Lola's got a lot of empties this month! See what she used up in October at Lola's Secret Beauty Blog.

Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog has a special guest post this week, featuring the LORAC Eye Candy Full Face Collection. 

Rachel from Rachel's Makeup and Skincare tries One Love Organics and is definitely in Love.

Lindsay at The Beauty Think Tank has some fun swatches of the NARS Andy Warhol Collection and of some lesser swatched MUFE Aqua Liners.

If you would like to be featured on a future Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please e-mail Lindsay at beautythinktank(at)gmail(dot)com!

18 October 2012

Sephora Friends and Family Sale

From Sephora.com

So - hate to burst the collective bubble.  But apparently there is going to be NO Friends & Family Sale this year from Sephora.  Commence with the lynchmobs.

16 October 2012

Fume Hood: Lady Gaga Fame

from Sephora.com

Gotta admit - I'm not a huge celebrity fragrance perfume hound.  In fact, a celebrity endorsing a scent pretty much guarantees my complete and utter lack of attention.  I wouldn't be reviewing this fragrance now if fate hadn't stepped in by way of a Sephora sales associate, who slipped the nifty little sample into my Sephora bag.  And because I sense opportunity, here we are.

Let's examine the bottle, shall we?  Right off the bat I'm reminded of Thierry Mugler.  In fact, I was fairly certain she was going to be ripping Mugler off.  I prepared for it.  I actually probably wouldn't have minded that.  What I like about the bottle, is that it looks like a legitimate fragrance vessel.  A bit Art Deco, no overly gaudy emblazoning of the name or the brand on it, a liquidly black fragrance on the inside.  I wouldn't be ashamed of displaying this publicly, because most people would just see the pretty bottle.  So, yay.  I'm happy with the bottle.

So, I want you picture in your mind what you would imagine Lady Gaga would smell like.  Are you imagining that?  Ok.  No I cannot give you brain bleach.  BUT, if I were to base what I think this scent would smell like on the bottle and Miss Gaga herself, I imagine it probably would have the following notes.  Cigarettes, Cassis, Ambroxen and a touch of Oud.  Something completely random, slightly sweaty and musky, and maybe a touch of booze.  What I would expect this to smell like given perfume trends and Lady Gaga's penchant for Meat Dresses and Egg Pods is something metallic, sharp lavendery, and earthen.  Which, I mean if anyone is going to make old people and dirt smell sexy with a reasonable degree of success, I would imagine it would be her.

So we've established that whatever this smells like we need to brace ourselves, because it's gonna be distilled strange.


Got it.

SO WTF is this doing smelling like a Victoria's Secret knockoff fragrance!?!  Granted, a slightly more refined and expensive Victoria's Secret fragrance... but still.  Talk about a mindfuck. It's sweet and fruity and bouncy and girly.  Kind of like a sorority girl on her second pomegranate martini.  Still together, but the sauce is making her think that the guy in the corner with the lazy eye would be a good decision, and maybe lightly sweating in the bar crush. 

God, was I dissapointed.  I mean it smells like a stereotypical celebrity fragrance.  Sure it has a bit more of dark heavy base, but the mid and top notes are sweet and floral, and everything melds so nicely and harmonizes so beautifully.  It's remiscent more of her early pop music in scent form that her current crazy faced incarnation.

For clarification these are the scent notes:

Belladonna, Incense, Apricot, Honey Drops, Tiger Orchidea, Jasmin Sambac.

Incense is the smokey base. Jasmin Sambac the floral resin.  Apricot and Honey Drops are the almost cloying sweetness.  And the Belladona and Tiger Orchid the floral.

I mean, I can see how this is going to be popular.  It's a functionally sexy scent, formulated with unique ingredients that are very trendy in fragrance now.  But...

This is still no flipping meat dress.

This is available at fine (read department store) retailers everywhere.

15 October 2012

The Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup!

Drive By Swatching: NARS Andy Warhol + MUFE Aqua Liners

This was supposed to be an Mblog, but I figured, since I already gifted y'all with Revlon French Roast as an Mblog - I'd legitimately post this series of swatches.  There are two products featured here - the NARS Larger than Life Lipglosses (Two from the Andy Warhol coffret, and two full sized but released in the Andy Warhol Collection) and then some lesser swatched MUFE Aqua Eyeliners.  Onto the swatches!

The two vertical lipgloss swatches are Hollywoodlawn and Penny Arcade.  The two horizontal swatches are from the Andy Warhol Kiss Coffret.  The top is Chelsea Girls and the bottom is Silver Factory.  The MUFE swatches are as follows, top to bottom: 18L, 5L, 24L, 2L, 19L.

NOTD - Revlon French Roast Colorstay Polish

A really pretty red toned, datk brown with multicolored micro-glitter to keep it from being too flat. This is two coats and is a great alternative for a vampy fall nail thats not red or black based. I think this will be an excellent choice for Thankagiving.

12 October 2012

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report!

Lola from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog shares the secret for a perfect pink pout brought you by Rouge D'Armani Beige 103.

Olivia from the Unknown Beauty Blog raves about Addixt'n Ravishing Gel Liners because they are F*cking Gorgeous!

Lindsay at The Beauty Think Tank reveals all of the lovely products and tools she uses to create her Daily Face!

If you would like to be featured in a future Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please e-mail Lindsay at thebeautythinktank(at)gmail(dot)com.

11 October 2012

Revlon Chocolate Velvet

In the 90's I was 4 - 13.  I wasn't technically old enough to appreciate trends in women's makeup, mainly because I was more concerned with my Baby Alive's irregularity (you know what I'm talking about).  However, that doesn't mean I wasn't aware of models like Helena Christensen, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Milla Jovovich (Huge crush on her!).  Or of brown lipstick.  So while I may have been pre-pubescent for most of the 90's - the brown lip?  Yeah. I'm bringing it back.

This lipstick is Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick is beautiful.  It's reading a little bit redder in the photograph than I would like, but I also only have a sheer coat on.  I bet if I layered it up, I could rock some serious BROWN lips.  Right now it reminds me more of hot chocolate.  But I LIKE IT!

This was the other lipstick I purchased on special from Rite Aid.  As lipstick ranges go, Super Lustrous Lipstick is cheap and cheerful, with a wide selection of colors and a moisturizing finish.  Win!


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10 October 2012

Revlon Black Cherry

Black. Cherry.  Mm.  Lipstick goodness.  Great for a vampy fall lip, and can be layered for deep, dark and devastating or sheered out for a foray into a blushed wine lip.  A great, moisturizing lipstick.  Really easy to apply and get beautifully even.

Now, I wrote this post mainly tell you about the fantastic Rite Aid Wellness reward going on right now.  Revlon is buy one, get one 50% off, with a $4 level up reward when you purchase over $10 of product.  So essentially two Super Lustrous Lipsticks, or Balm Stains, or Colorstay Whipped Foundation and Colorstay nail polish and you get a hefty $4 coupon.  Good deal, yes? The level up reward is loaded onto your wellness card and is available for use the next day!

Bonus awkward picture of yours truly and the abomination I did to my hair.
Noteable Makeup:

- MAC Face & Body in C2
- Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner in Espresso
- Beauty Addict ShowOFF Mascara
- MAC Brunette MSF
- Revlon Black Cherry Super Lustrous Lipstick

09 October 2012

Sale Alert: Urban Decay Friends & Family Sale

Ahhh.. it's that time of year again.  Fall is upon us, and so my friends, is the Friends and Family Sale Season.  Tarte had their's in August.  Next up, Urban Decay is giving you the proverbial keys to the castle, with 20% off everything on UrbanDecay.com using the code: FFHoliday12 at checkout.

08 October 2012

The Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup!

  • Makeup Demon: Tips for photoshoot makeup - simple, but important steps to improve your photoshoot makeup.

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you are seeking the perfect vampy lip gloss, then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog thinks you will love Le Métier de Beauté Uma Paro- it's a real stunner!

  • Amber Did It!: Amber shares a sparkly sapphire blue rhinestone manicure

  • Creatively Yours by Ro: Cleanse your skin and soothe irritated skin with Shea Moisture African Black Soap Wash & Scrub

  • TheFabZilla: It's giveaway time at TheFabZilla. Win a DYO (Design Your Own) fabulous magnetic bracelet from ULINX worth $75

  • The Science Of Chic: Find out what products made it to be TSOC faves this month!

  • Jamegackie: Monster Week! This week starts with some super cute Mummy nails to be followed with Franken-nails, and Count Dracula Nails. 

  • Peace Love and Glitter: Having trouble finding that perfect coral lipstick? Or maybe you want to tone down a red. No need to buy a new product, just mix your lipsticks. It's easy! 

  • Lacquer Buzz: Have you got the Monday Blues? This blue by H&M will literally blow your mind!

  • Passion for Polish: Check out one of my very favorite glitter polishes ... OPI's Excuse Moi!

  • Lipgloss Break: Lipgloss Break has teamed up with Playboy to give away two of their newest scents, Playboy VIP for Him & Her - enter to win!

  • Addicted to OPI-yum: Lovenailpolish at Addicted to OPI-yum takes you to the Sonoma Coast with her Beach Day Nails

  • Polarbelle: Polarbelle honors Breast Cancer Awareness month with this fun pink manicure

  • The Beauty Think Tank: Sometimes you just wanna haul! See what makes the cut from Illamasqua's Generation Q release.

  • Blush and Beakers: In which this beauty blogger compares vampy lip options from MAC and Revlon 

  • Embellished nails: betsey johnson-inspired stamping with a fun scented lacquer
  • My Daily Face

    I sort of thought it would be fun to photograph my most used daily products.  I like my daily face to be quick, polished and slightly quirky.  I focus on eyeliner, lashes and contouring.  My brows and lips I emphasize less in an effort to let my features speak for themselves.

    This is my fall/ winter face.  So I like sheer but supple looking skin, a cooler toned bronzer and just a bright refreshed look.

    - MAC Face and Body Foundation C2 - I buff this into the face, and super buff the areas I want more coverage.

    - WnW I Heart Mattes Palette - Best. Drugstore. Purchase. Ever.  If you missed out on this, I'm sorry but that sucks.

    - NARS ProPrime SmudgeProof Eyeshadow Primer - I love this stuff.  I've said it before, I'll say it again.  Francois Nars puts magic crack in his products.

    - MAC Mineralize Concealer NW25 - This is an ok concealer.  It's light and layers well over the Garnier product I also use.

    - Benefit Speedbrow - An overpriced tinted brow gel.  But if I put enough in my brows, they don't move.

    - Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller in Medium/Deep - I like this.  Alot.  Most days I don't even put the MAC Concealer over this.  I have dark circles, and I embrace them. I like the way they make me look.  Everyone else is just gonna have to deal.

    - Physicians Formula Eye Booster Organic Mascara -  I use this as a primer coat.  Because of experiments.  All will be revealed in due time.

    - Beauty Addicts ShowOFF Mascara - I love this stuff.  It's given me the best Fake Lash look ever.  And it layers great over the PF Mascara.

    -Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eye Booster Serum Pen Style Liner - A great, easy to use brush tipped pen style liner.  If you haven't heard of this product, you've been living under a rock.

    -C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine - Yay lipgloss! Lol.

    -Benefit Bella Bamba Blush Sample - I'm using this up.  I don't really care for it, but it's been kicking around in my blush drawer forever.  So, I just pop it on my cheeks and roll.

    -Tarte Park Avenue Princess Matte Bronzer - A nice, long wearing cool toned MATTE bronzer. Great for the winter time, when you still want to look sculpted and not orange.

    The Brushes.

    Brushes.  This is a cross section.  Some days I use more, some days I use less.  I really like Real Techniques and Sigma.  Nice price and quality - I've had all of these brushes for about 2 years and they HOLD UP.

    - Real Techniques Powder Brush -  I use this to blend my makeup one final time, sometimes with powder, sometimes without.

    - Real Techniques Blush Brush - I use this for blush.  Duh.

    - Sigma Round Kabuki - I use this to buff the crap out of Face and Body.  I blend, blend, blend, blend, blend to build up the coverage on my face.

    - MAC 109 -  I use this to keep my contouring on the subtle side, especially in the winter where contouring with bronzer looks more obvious.

    -MAC 217 -  Eyeshadow FTW.  Occaisionally I blend concealer with it, or use it to apply concealer to my brow bone.

    Final Look
    I mainly showed you this post to debut my new hair.  I whacked it all off and now do '50s style rockabilly/ '60s Don Ho Pompadours with it, because I miss my old hair.  I'm popping Biotin as we speak.  But overall, for a beauty blogger I feel that my daily face isn't insanely product laden, and it's pared down but still fresh, refined and age appropriate.

    06 October 2012

    Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report!

    Lola from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog shares how Youngblood Cosmetics is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness by donating proceeds from the sale of three unique and pink blushes!

    Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog says Feel Like Rockin' & Rollin'? Get Anastasia Want You to Want Me Eye Clutch.

    Lindsay from The Beauty Think Tank reviews why she is not impressed with Skyn Iceland's Glacial Face Wash with Biospheric Complex.

    If you would like to be featured in a future Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please e-mail Lindsay at beautythinktank (at) gmail (dot) com.

    05 October 2012

    03 October 2012

    NOTD: L'Oreal Project Runway The Muse's Attitude

    Oh, gurrrrl.  This is awesome.  Like seriously.  Smooth, shiny, opaque in two coats lover, lover, lover love.  I rarely wax poetic about nail polish (ok - not entirely true) but this electrified, metallic, blue toned, smoky emerald color is my new favorite thing.  Its from the limited edition L'Oreal Project Runway Collection, which appears to be some kind of bad assery as a whole, so grab it while it's smokin'.

    Natural Light @ My Desk at Work

    iPhone 4 Flash Temperature
    If you're looking for a cheap and cheerful pick me up - this is DEFINITELY the way to go!

    02 October 2012

    Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash with Biospheric Complex

    I'm going to keep this short and sweet.  I've had this cleanser for a while, and honestly, wasn't too impressed.  Given that the following is what it promises to do (as excerpted from the Victoria's Secret Website, the retailer whom I purchased this product from): 

    This creamy, foaming cleanser gets rid of bumps, breakouts, clogged pores and irritation that can be caused by stress-related increases in hormone levels and oil production. Refreshes and soothes chronically stressed skin with the purest Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial minerals. Mild formula detoxifies and purifies without stripping skin of its natural moisture, restoring balance and glow. Free from harsh chemicals, preservatives, parabens and sulfates, with packaging designed to be 90% recyclable. skyn ICELAND®, winner of the 2007 CEW Indie Beauty Award. Domestic. 5 oz.

    Essential Ingredients:
    • Oat and amino acid-based surfactants provide extra gentle cleansing
    • Cylindrica seed oil helps repair skin's lipid barrier and fights free radicals
    • Icelandic kelp revitalizes skin and helps fight inflammation
    • White willow bark soothes irritation and helps provide antibacterial protection
    Combo Oily/ Normal/ Dry on the edges of the face.  Large pores on nose and nosewings, prone to clogging and blackhead development.  Milia tend to form around hairline and jawline, and I get the occaisional cystic bump when my Aunt Flo says hi!
    I tend to like basic skin care.  Not too many ingredients or fancy pants crap.  Just a good cleanser that CLEANS and moisturizers that MOISTURIZE. I don't need ABCDEFG ingredient or product benefit.  If I use exfoliators they are chemical based, and I tend to prefer mud masks and oil cleansing (sometimes) to remove makeup.


     - It cleansed, ok.  The formula was thicker than I expected.  I had the product in a pump canister, and the pump was MORE than enough for your entire face and neck.  It was almost too much, to be honest.  And I never felt that it washed cleanly from my face.  The texture of my skin afterwards was sort of interesting, like it was smoothed over but I still had some drag as I caressed my face.
    - As far as pore size goes.  This did virtually nothing.  It wasn't a deep clean, or even a remarkable clean.  My pores didn't get smaller or less filled with dirt because of this product.  Which runs counter to the claim that this cleanser is designed to give you nice pores.  

    - This also didn't improve the texture of my skin, or make me look younger.  Personally, I believe this is because it's not formulated with any kind of mild chemical exfoliant.  So theres nothing actually tightening your pores, getting rid of extra dead skin cells or breaking up the dirt outside of the detergent.

    - The cleanser it self for having glacial waters in it, it's fluidy.  There's no indication that water was formulated into it.  There are, however, small microbeads of... stuff.  But what it is or how it works is not easily discernible.

    from Victoria's Secret
    I would recommend this product to a person who wants to pay $30 for extra gentle cleansing.  And by extra gentle, I mean barely detectable.

    It's marketed to be one of those new wave, all natural, recycled, new wave kind of products, but personally. I don't buy it.

    01 October 2012

    Prelude to a Haul: Illamasqua Generation Q

    One of my fave looks/ models from the Generation Q Adverts.

    I have been anticipating this collection since I heard about it this summer.  I've been around the makeup block enough times that MAC releases no longer crank my tractor.  But the fact that Illamasqua decided to use regular people as canvases for their Fall Generation Q collection - well. I was completely sold. So here are my thoughts on what you should get, and what you should skip. (The see in person subheading is being omitted because you can't really test this brand out without ordering it in the US, and right now it's only available on the Illamasqua website and not on Sephora).


    Complement Palette - Three powdered eyeshadows and one Liquid Metal, in a beautifully sculptured compact.  The reason I am jonesing for this palette so hard is because of the Liquid Metal, it's supposed to be this cool toned taupe brown shade with a touch of purple.  And that sounds completely awesome to me.  The other shadows are equally lovely for fall, with soft plums and purpley taupe being de mode for this season.

    From Illamasqua.com
    Underworld Lipstick - If you know anything about me, you know I LOVE a purple lipstick.  Illamasqua is no stranger to including various types of purple lipsticks in their collections for a while now.  Generation Q is no different.  Underworld appears to be an unusual purple-y shade, a light non-pastel purple with blue undertones and a bit of a shimmer.  A great lipstick for keeping Fall feeling fresh and a quick grab in the spring to break up the winter time blues.

    from Illamasqua.com

    Wisdom Precision Ink - Another Illamasqua staple.  Almost every collection has a newly formulated precision ink, and with Generation Q its a lovely antiqued gold shade called Wisdom.  I really like Precision Ink, having owned Abyss and Havoc. I think Wisdom is a unique enough color, but in a wearable disposition thats perfect for the upcoming holidays.
    from Illamasqua.com


    Charisma Nail Varnish - We can agree to disagree about this, but I feel like I see this color EVERYWHERE.  And, in light of that, could acquire it for cheaper.
    Allure Powder Blusher - A basic dusty rose.  It just doesn't scream that I need this! to me.  Especially since, you could get it for cheaper from a brand like NYX.  Their desert rose blush looks pretty close to Allure and it's 1/3rd of the price.


    Opulent Sheer Lipgloss - Rainbow Beige?  Reminds me of MAC's Resort Life Lip Gelee that everybody and their mom went NUTS over. It looks cool.  Like a fun alternative to a basic nude lip, or a more user friendly version of a frosty 60s lip (another en-vogue decade).  But, I'm just unsure, on the lip swatch it pulls grey, and that is all that I see.
    from Illamasqua.com
    Anyways, if you're in the US - wait to purchase this collection from Sephora.  Because you will absolutely get hammered in the exchange rate.  Or unless you plan on purchasing 75 GBP (or like 150 USD +) worth of merchandise for the free shipping. It's just more cost effective to pay the pro-rated price from Sephora for your makeup.