29 August 2012

Drive By Swatching: TooFaced La Creme Nude Lipsticks

It's not like I live in Sephora or anything. Top to Bottom:

- Perfect Nude Lipliner
- In the Buff LS
- Nude Beach LS
- Naked Dolly LS
- Naughty Nude
- Perfect Spice Lipliner

As a side note, the lipliners are budgeproof. I had to scrub with makeup remover to get them off my hand!

LOTD - Lipstick Queen Medieval

I finally, finally, finally indoctrintated myself into the Lipstick Queen cult! I am now the proud owner and lover of the hero product/ cult staple of Medieval - a sheer true red jelly lipstick. A smooth wash of color that blends into your lips and is perfect for a not too OTT wash of color when you just want to anchor your face. I recieved this product as part of my Birchbox order, stay tuned for that review!

Other notable products - MAC Face & Body foundation C2, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Saint, MAC Nightmoth pencil on the waterline, and Beauty Addicts ShowOFF Mascara.

27 August 2012

Eyebrows Reloaded - Benefit Eyebrow Bar @ Ulta

From Ulta.com
Little known fact - I hate eyebrows, not everyone's brows mind you.  Just mine.  I sort of wish I didn't have them.  But I do, and I had an unfortunate threading incident which I have been slowly recovering from.  Namely trying to grow back in the patchy areas in my brows and make the overall shape thicker and fuller.  So after three months, and multiple shape up waxes in between I was left with this.
BEFORE - Unsightly failbrows.
Pretty horrific and weird right?  I know.  I'm sorry.  To deal with it I had been lightly filling them in and sweeping them upward to make them look like wings.  I'm not sure everyone got the statement I was trying to make - but it made the experience slightly more bearable for me. 

Now, I showed you that weird picture to tell you this story.  On your birthday, if your Ulta has a Benefit Brow Bar, if you call and make and appointment, you get a $20 Eyebrow Shaping... for FREE.  And, I really like free things, so I leapt at the chance to have someone taming the raging, sad caterpillars on my forehead.

Basically, the brow consultant sits you down, chats you up, draws in the shape of your brows as they are supposed to be and waxes, plucks, trims and tweaks them until you have a nice structured brow.  It takes about 20 minutes, and when you're done your brows look like this.

Much Better - The sparse tail was because of overwaxing/ threading.
 I recommend this if you're looking for a free pick me up on your birthday.  Start your next year out with a great new brow look.  Check your local Ulta to see if they provide this service!

26 August 2012

Dr. Jart's Water Fuse BB Cream + My thoughts on BB Creams in General

I finally, finally found a proper BB Cream to try.  And by found, I mean the planets aligned and sent me a sample in my Birchbox for me to try, thereby de-mystifying the purchasing process for me.  



OVERALL

I like the consistency and the dry down of this product.  It's thick without being goopy, and applies very nicely using your hands or a brush. It doesn't streak or sink into pores, it sort of just melts into the face.  The Water Fuse cream does not leave a dewy finish on the skin, but instead sets semi-matte, and doesn't feel overtly like a moisturizer.  This particular cream has a greige-y tint to it, so it definitely lightens the skin, a la a traditional cream, but otherwise you'd don't notice too much in the way of color on the face.  It sort of just blurs everything over a bit. I get less about 5-6 hours of wear out of this, less if I end up sweating through it. I see myself using this for outdoor/ light makeup/ active day type scenarios as it contains SPF 30 and smells divinely of sunscreen. (Don't judge me, I love the smell of sunscreen).

Here is Dr. Jart's Water Fuse BB Cream on my face, with a ton of bronzer.


COMPARE AND CONTRAST

There is a big movement comparing BB Creams to glorified Tinted Moisturizers, and I can see the argument.  The main differences I've noticed between the two products is the finish and how the product wears on the face.  TM's in general come off dewier on the skin - a property that very clearly indicates the origins of the products being a moisturizer.  Dr. Jart's Water Fuse BB Cream does not have a dewy finish, nor do I feel like I'm smoothing a moisturizer onto my face.  I feel, very much, that I am smoothing a cream/ sunscreen onto my face - it's a little drier and thicker in consistency.  In terms of how the product sits, I feel more that the BB Cream is absorbed somewhat into the skin.  I don't see it being streaky or settling into my pores, the way I do with TMs.

Th greige tint is way more apparent here.

THE KEY FACTOR EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE FORGETTING

I feel that BB Creams are definitely popular with paler skinned girls.  The grey tint lends itself to lightening the skin rather than providing and overall veil of color.  It tends to be more forgiving in the sense that if your pale, this evens your skin and makes you slightly paler.  Which most pale girls think is a good thing, because these were designed to do just that.  Provide a lightness and clarity to the skin.  It's what made them popular in Asian markets.  But this greige-ness not my favorite thing ever.  I am sallow, and this grey makes my face lighter than my body.  And I am not using this product as a body cosmetic - sorry.  SO WHY DOES EVERYONE KEEP LOVING THIS STUFF? I am not an uncommon skintone, I can't imagine that I am the only one noticing this.  Anyways.

This is available from Birchbox and Sephora.  Full size retails for $32.

24 August 2012

NARS + Andy Warhol

I feel like there needs to be strobing emergency lights and a voice coming over a PA system somewhere saying "All hands to your makeup stations! This is not a drill.  I repeat! This is not a drill!" because ohmygod. OHMYGOD.

From NARSCosmetics.com
It's like the Gods of Makeup-ery are smiling down upon me. I seriously cannot contain myself.  I just... I just.. *dies*

I'm sorry - I have no more information about this, other than Sephora is going to have select peices on 1 October and that there is a video up on the NARS website.

But I shit you not.  This is really happening.  PREPARE YOURSELVES!

Science Fridays! Dimethicone


Hi guys! It's Friday and I am fully prepared to blind you with more science!  This weeks chemical du jour is Dimethicone.

WHAT IS IT

Dimethicone is a very commonly used silicone in most beauty products.  It is primarily used in shampoo, due to some very unique chemical properties it possesses. 
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE

Well, molecularly, it is a polymer.  So it has one common subunit that repeats itself ad nauseum to form a loose chain.  The basics of a silicone based chemical is that it contains Silica (Si), and since Dimethicone is also known as Polydimethylsiloxane, it also contains an Oxygen atom (O) and two Methyl groups as a part of the subunit.  


HOW DOES IT WORK

Primarily, Dimethicone is found in shampoo, because it makes hair shiny and smooth.  Essentially, piths in the hair shaft and lifted cuticles are filled in by Dimethicone and it gives the impression of soft, healthy hair.  Most drugstore shampoos are formulated with TONS of these.
WHY DOES IT WORK

Carbon-Silica-Oxygen polymers have very interesting uses and functions.  The primary being lubrication.  I could talk about visco-elasticity, but thats more of an industrial chemical application. Suffice it to say, certain polymers are very flexible in what state of matter they like to be in.  Traditionally, they are considered a liquid, because they like to flow and smooth out.  (See why they're used in cosmetics?) But not always.  Also, Dimethicone is hydrophobic, so it repels water and is resistant to being rinsed out of the hair once in it.  Hence, why it has to be stripped out of the hair after a while due to build up.

SO HOW BAD ARE SILICONES REALLY

Truthfully, I think it depends on the person.  People usually dislike silicones in shampoos and conditioners because they can build up in the hair line or on the face, and if the skin is not exfoliated properly, it can build up on the face and cause milia.  Generally, if I am cleansing my face in the shower, I wait until after I use shampoo and conditioner to prevent leaving excessive residue on my face.  And it seems to control for milia well, especially in combination with a chemical exfoliant (defoliant ? anybody think perhaps we should start a movement using the proper word for this action?)

There are also groups of people... factions, if you will (DIVERGENT FTW!) who think that silicone in the hair is bad for it.  And if you don't have chemically treated hair, I'd be inclined to agree with you.  However, if you have chemically damaged hair, damage can never be fully repaired and the hair can never revert back to its state before being processed.  Silicones, however, give this illusion that the hair is healthy back to the hair.  So - its sort of take it or leave it, in my opinion.  And generally, if you avoid silicones in shampoos and conditions, you should also avoid them in serums and hair oils, because they are loaded with dimethicones as well.

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report


Meera at Love for Fashion ponders Hilary Duffs latest fashion move and if it was a hit or miss.

Lola discusses her August Favorites over at Lola's Secret Beauty Blog.

Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog can't believe she found ANOTHER drugstore concealer that she loves!

Erin has a review and GIVEAWAY of Inova Professional Hair Products over at Face Design Studios.

Lindsay at The Beauty Think Tank thought she should have a kick butt FOTD for her 26th Birthday!

If you would like to be included in next weeks Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please e-mail Lindsay at beautythintank(at)gmail(dot)com!

23 August 2012

NOTD - China Glaze Rare & Radiant

In honor of being born in August, I painted my nails with the shade rumored to be the Chanel Peridot dupe! Peridot, for the girl who was born in August on Hawaii, where the gemstone is found in volcanic rock. Kismet, no?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!



I saw this on Pinterest and thought my blog would be a better place for it.  Also, I am a raging Pinterest addict.  It's kind of a problem.  You all should follow me, www.pinterest.com/lachesissss  But todays my Birfday! :D Happy Birthday to ME!

22 August 2012

FOTD: Birthday Makeup

...I turn 26 tomorrow.  And while I may be old (and also suffering from a head cold).  I'm not too old for purple smoky eyes!


THE FACE

Skin is pretty simple - I used a light moisturizer and then the lightweigh,t but medium coverage, Urban Decay Skin Foundation in Shade 4.0.  I kept the cheeks sheer and monochromatic with a light plum MAC On a Mission Beauty Powder Blush and NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium.  I love really buffing bronzer into my skin. I always take my time when I apply it and really work it in using a large kabuki bronzer brush from Eco-Tools. I work in the stereotypical E3 shape with a touch down the nose and on the cheeks.



THE EYES

I am a big fan of layering products, as opposed to caking them on my face.  I dislike when dark makeup looks heavy, so to avoid that I use a lot of pencil type products to make a darker base and then layer washes of shadow overtop.  Pretty basic skills in makeup-ery, I know.  So, for this look I took Urban Decay's 24/7 Shadow Pencil in Demolition - a nice purple with purple micro-glitter.  I layered this in a HEAVY line above my lashes and blended upwards with a MAC 217 to pull it and diffuse it out towards my crease. In the outerconer of the eye I took a MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Purple and drew and elogated cat eye shape and blended some more.  To set all the purple, I applied the matte side of the NARS Melusine Duo in the same heavy line I applied the UD 24/7 pencil and blended some more with my 217.  Seriously, if you can blend products really well, you're halfway to mastering most makeup application.  I took a clean MAC 244 and dusted the inner corner of my eye with the frosty side of Melusine.  I then kohl rimmed my eyes with a super black eye pencil, and swept a light line of Demolition under the lashes.  The last thing I did was apply mascara - super black and a ton of it.

THE DETAILS

The lips are Urban Decay's Oil Slick - which is a super sheer black that acts as a tint and darkens the lip color.  I think it anchors the face nicely without going for the typical nude.  Also, concealer is a must in this look.  I used the Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Undereye Roller in Med/ Deep as a color corrector and then used two layers of MAC Mineralize concealer in NW25.  Once before all of the eyemakeup and once after to clean it up.



KEY PRODUCTS

It wasn't my intention to use almost all Urban Decay products, but I've been reallllly digging them lately.

- UD Skin Foundation
- MAC On a Mission Beauty Powder Blush
- NYX Matte Bronzer

- UD Demolition 24/7 Shadow Pencil
- MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Purple
- NARS Melusine Duo

- UD Oil Slick Lipstick

Hope you guys like it!
-/L.

20 August 2012

Things You Can Learn From YouTube: How to look like Honey Rider (aka Ursula Andress)

I love this look.  If I could trade places/ faces/ lifestyles with anyone in the beauty community, I would love to spend a day in the life of Sam Chapman from Pixiwoo.  Especially if she runs around looking like her interpretation of Ursula Andress's James Bond Honey Rider look.

I guess, I should expound on the makeup a tad more.  This look is right up my alley.  It's my stereotypical makeup MO.  Clean, understated base, with a hint of contour.  Light Brows.  Av ant-garde eye makeup that is feminine, but edgy and a hint sultry.  Muted mouth.  This is probably the best possible interpretation of my daily makeup that I could ever muster, EVER.  In fact, I'm sure I will never get it to look this good.  But that doesn't keep me from trying!  Behold the awesome below!


AH.  I love this makeup so much!

-/L.

19 August 2012

China Glaze Bohemian Chrome Swatches!

Left to Right: CG Jungle Queen, CG No Plain Jane, CG Rare & Radiant
The nailpolish swatch wheel was the best purchase ever.  Here are some lovely swatches from China Glaze, No Plain Jane and Rare & Radiant are from the CG Bohemian Chrome collection.

Happy Sunday and Enjoy!

17 August 2012

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report!


From The Unknown Beauty Blog, a new makeup line to check out Addixt'n Cosmetics.

At Lola's Secret Beauty Blog, Lola dishes about a potential dupe for MAC's Play It Proper Beauty Powder with a Milani Blush!

Want a first look at two of the new Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadows?  Kelly at The Reasonable Blonde has the scoop... and swatches!  And don't forget to enter her giveaway for some fun, retro-style beauty products that are classics from way back when!

Meera at Love For Fashion gives us a sneak peek of Lana Del Rey's editorial for H&M.

At the Beauty Think Tank, Lindsay details one of her favorite makeup looks for Fall 2012!

Please check out Rola's Fountain of Youth - a recent Liebster Award recipient and all around ace blogger!

If you would like to be included in next weeks Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please e-mail Lindsay at beautythintank(at)gmail(dot)com!

Faves & Fails Friday Edition!

Don't mind me, I'm just picking up where I left off....

FAVES

- Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Espresso - I picked up this liner because I was getting bored with the same ol' same ol' black winged liner.  I felt the black, while nicely avante garde, was obscuring my eyelashes and it was time to change it up.  With this nice, long wearing, dark brown eyeliner, I can still get a strong bold wing and, as an added bonus, you can see my eyelashes.  Really, this is just and excuse for me to wear more mascara, and it works like a frickin charm.

From shopping.com
 - Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation - I haven't actually bit the bullet and bought this yet, I've managed to acquire multiple samples accidentally, even though I did jump for the Optical Blurring Brush.  But I have been loving the crap out of this foundation. It's so light, with really nice sheer to medium coverage, and it does give that blurred soft focus look to the skin.  I think my favorite thing about it, is that it looks best without a setting powder, so you get a perfect my skin but better look.  

from Sephora.com
-The Body Shop Shea Body Spray - The Shea Butter fragrance is my favorite scent from the Body Shops general house repertoire, it's sort of fresh and slightly musky while still being light.  The one thing I don't get about this, is that this described as being a nutty fragrance, while also being light and fresh.  To me, these two can't exist on the same plane because shea smells light and fresh and as far from nutty as possible.  Also, I appreciate the fact that The Body Shop went with an anti-food fragrance for shea butter (finally), even thought (apparently) they still describe the scent as nutty (which it is not).  The body spray is very light so I sort of bathe myself in this haze of Shea in the morning and spend the rest of my day smelling awesome.

from thebodyshop.com


FAILS

 - Soap and Glory Trick and Treatment Dark Circle Corrector - I'm not entirely sold on S&G, and to be frank, this product really didn't help their cause.  While it was nice and light and blended well, it also did not correct my under eye area, at all.  Even though that is literally the only place I would use this product.  So, it's a fail.

from asos.com


- Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation - This was a sample I received from a Sephora order, and I wasn't impressed with the two shades they sent for testing.  I had to mix them, and frankly once this was on my face it was SUCH an oily mess.  I just, meh.  This was meh.

from sephora.com
RANDOM

Mail Calls

1) Urban Decay Sale Order - I bought the Oil Slick Black Lipstick... on sale! Oh sweet gothic goodness you will be mine!

2) Birchbox Store - I racked up $20 to the Birchbox store, had a 20% off coupon and got free shipping.  The only way this could have been better was if Birchbox participated in Ebates. 

Stay tuned for future posts on my orders!

The Great Brow Experiment

So, Ulta offers a free brow shaping service on your Birthday.  Mine is next thursday, so I am letting my brows grow out (and have been for the entire month of August) in preparation.  Brace yourselves for the before and afters! 

New Affiliations & Blog Design Smexyness

So I became a member of iFabbo, Beauty Blogazons, applied for Beauty Blog Link Love and a few other blog/ social networking sites in addition to Bloggers.com, bloglovin' and networkedblogs.com.  Networking FTW!

Also, I am working on updating the look of my blog.  But trust me the neon tank is here to stay.

Batwing Sunglasses

These are my new obsession.  I paid for these sunnies at Urban Outfitters, but I love them so, so much.  They remind me of the sunglasses Gwen Stefani rocked at the Teen Choice awards, so naturally, I must have them.
I feel like Sharon Osbourne would approve.
That is it chicadees!  Till a future friday!
-/L.

 

15 August 2012

Birchbox - August

Beauty school dropout... no graduation day for you....

Can you believe it's August?  I can't either and it's slightly surreal that this theme no longer applies to me, becauuusssseee I'm no longer in school (and haven't been for like 4 years).  So, I'm excited but, mainly I'm excited because I don't have to deal with academia ANYMORE!  HUZZAH!  Thank you Birchbox for such a pleasant reminder!

True Story - I always thought Frenchie was the best character in Grease.  I wanted her fluffy pastel hair.

A little light on the products this month.. but is thata BB cream sample!?!
Well lookie here... my toolbox for the school I'm not going to.  Gotta get hot for all of my co-workers I guess?
Viva La Juicy La Fleur - My immediate thought is that I do not like Juicy Couture anything, much less a floral Juicy Couture.  I cannot take a brand that got famous because of velour tracksuits seriously, and I will probably never wear this.  I actually handed it over to my sister as soon as I saw it.  I think this is the second or third JC sample I've received from Birchbox.

DDF Brightening Cleanser - This is quite a hefty size.  I'm not sure that it is full sized, but it is certainly a travel sized/ ample sized cleanser.  I've no exposure to this product, but I am fast running out of my Skyn Iceland Glacial Waters Facial Cleanser, so I can't wait to try it!

Larabar - I was going to just flat out say Barf and leave it at that, but then I thought about how negative and un-informative that would sound.  So I am going with this.  This tastes like Barf, and because the taste is less than savory I do not like it.  There.  Better?

LiQWd Professional Volumizing Catalyst - This is a volumizing/ bodifying spray.  If this works the way my Aveda Style Prep (which I lurve) works, then it needs to be applied to freshly washed and conditioned almost dry hair.  You aren't supposed to focus it on the roots, but rather spritz it all over and then just blow dry the crap out of your hair, using a brush to direct it how you want it to go. Then it just adds all this lovely texture and volume to the hair.  I would say this product will be better suited towards shorter hair, that would benefit from some messy, misdirected, undone texture.

Dr. Jart's Water Fuse BB Cream - First off.  I love the way this smells.  It smells so strongly of sunscreen. And. I. Just. Love. It.  The cream itself is really lovely, sheer, smooth, moisturizing, semi-matte dry down, lovely greige undertone... Wait.  In the BB cream furor everyone kinda forgets that these were also primarly used as lightening creams to make the skin whiter.  I don't think this has translated well into American/ European brands.  But this greige-y tint the Dr. Jart's has is definitely whites my face out.  Perhaps a better candidate for winter?

You can see the grey/ white tint on my hand from the Dr. Jart's BB Cream. It's less obv on the face, but it does pale you out.
That was it for this months Birchbox!  Stay tuned for an upcoming post about my Birchbox shopping experience!  I'm waiting for it to be delivered :).
-/L.

14 August 2012

A Peek into the Gallery: MAC Starflash Collection

Every chick who has makeup has items that she covets more than anything.  I would say being a makeup connoisseur and occasional blogger, I may have slightly more covetous items than most, acquired mainly by my zeal and compulsive makeup acquisition tendencies.  To kick off the tour of some of my more awesome pieces, I've selected something I'm fairly certain very, very few people have.

My MAC Starflash Collection
So, if you're a hardcore MAC-o-phile, you'll know that Starflash shadows were released in two collections. Once in 2008 and the second in 2009.  It's absolutely crazy that I still have these, and let me tell you, some of the shadows have lost that smooth, creamy softness Starflash shadows are known to have, but I still can't bear to let them go.  But, what a few may have lost in texture, they make up for in color payoff and soft metallic finish.  What I have is not representative of all of the shades released by MAC, nor were all of these purchased all at once.  Over half of them are CCO steals/ stalks, and one was a birthday gift.  All of them have been depot-ed by myself, some more successfully than others.  But they are all my mad loves.  In fact, I'm so weird about them, that I only use them on special occasions.

Swatches in Daylight with Filler Flash from my iPhone

1) Glamour Check
2) Grand Entrance
3) Star by Night
4) Smoke & Diamonds
5) Mink & Sable
6) Bold & Brazen 
7) Go
8) Rated R
9) Strike a Pose
10) Style Snob
11) Fashion Groupie
12) Dreammaker
13) One Off

Swatches on my arm against a white wall with flash from my iPhone
Now do you see why they're called starflash?  I love, love, love them.  I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to part with them.

DISCLAIMER: I'm not bragging.  I'm sharing my collection.  Deal with it. :)

Enjoy the pretties!
-/L.

13 August 2012

FOTD: Earthly Metallics

.... anybody else feel like my title is a bit oxy-moronic?  Yes?  Me too!  Anyways.  This really isn't a tutorial, but I am going to describe the techniques I used to get this particular look. 



The Eyeballs

Basically, I used two products as a base which is the key to turning a frosty shade into a metallic shade.  NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer from lash to brow and MAC Powersurge Kohl Pencil all over the eye, under the lower lashline and winged out slightly at the outer corner.  Then I blended the whole eye with a MAC 217, and set the lid with UD Suspect Eyeshadow. For the crease, I used a tiny bit of UD Tease Eyeshadow on a MAC 266, which is a finely pointed precision crease brush, but I held it on an angle and deposited most of the color above my eyeshadow, and blended really well.  For the highlight, I used the flesh toned browbone highlight from the Wet n' Wild I Heart Mattes Palette, and hit my browbone, the side of my nose, my inner v and just under my lower lashline.  I rimmed my eyes with MAC Feline Eyekohl, and ran a superfine line of liquid liner from Eyeko of London's Skinny Eyeliner along my lashes to anchor them.  As a finishing touch, I layered Beauty Addicts ShowOFF Mascara, a great bulking mascara under UD Big Fatty Mascara, my favorite finishing mascara.



The Face

I'm not into heavy face makeup, I'm a big believer that to get a flawless base, less is more.  But I'm also not a big believer in just using concealer and powder either - I feel that it makes your face look unbalanced.  So, my happy medium is sheer foundation that layers really, really well.  Like MAC Face & Body, which is what I used. I also like to apply foundation with my fingers/ hands and smooth into the skin.  The rest of the face is pretty light.  For concealer I used two thin products that layer well on my under eyes - Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roll On in Med/ Deep and MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.  Then I buffed on some bronzer, your favorite will do and powdered the face down to a semi-matte finish.

The Lips

This is really easy.  I like the look of matte lipstains.  Stains normally have a bit of sheen to them, which is nice, but with the insane amount of bling on my lids, to keep this look balanced, I went matte.  I applied and blotted, and applied and blotted, and applied and blotted, and applied  and blotted Bite Beauty's Lush LipTint in Blackcurrant, until I felt my lips had enough color, and then, I simply dusted a mattifying powder over them.  Boom.  Matte-Stained Lips!

Key Products:

- NARS ProPrime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer
- MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl
- UD Naked 2 Palette
- Eyeko of London Skinny Liner
- Super Volumizing Mascara (Mascara is subjective, use what works for you!)

- MAC Face & Body Foundation
- Illuminating Concealer and Lightweight Corrector
- Bronzer

-  Bite Beauty
OR
- Any Red-Brown Balm that is very sheer, but can been built up to layer
- Mattifying Translucent Powder (I used Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder)

That's it!  Hope y'all like it!
-/L.

NOTD - Julep Isla

I finally recieved my Julep Add on, the nice liquidly pearlescent Isla. After which I proceeded to manicure my nails and something went horribly awry. I think I may have been channeling Johnny Weir and an 80s revival bride, I'm really just not sure. Anyways, I just wanted to have a manicure with Isla, but it was so fantastically frosty/metallic/sheer/streaky (I wasn't aware that could happen either) it couldn't be saved, so I settled on classic misdirection and tried to bling out my ring finger. Overall, I like the effect but it reads more Siberia in January than East Coast mid-August. Whatevs. Two coats Isla, over Nail Tek Ultra and under Seche Vite. Oh and bonus doggle pic!

12 August 2012

The Liebster Award!



I was recently nominated/ bequeathed the Liebster Award, not once.. but twice within the week from two different bloggers! The first being Meredith from NYCMakeuplover1 Blog and the second from Stephanie of Packer Lacquer, and I am super pumped about it :).  Thank you so much ladies!

Onto the rules!: 

1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2. They must also answer the 11 questions the ' tagger ' has set for them

3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4. They must then choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them in their post.
5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.
6. There's no tag backs.


11 Things About Me
1) I have a Master's Degree in Forensic Science.  No I'm not shitting you about that.
2) I was born in Hawaii.
3) I wear exclusively black clothing, much to everyone I knows chagrin.
4) I have recently lost almost 60 lbs, which is a feat I never thought I could do.
5) I love college football.  Specifically the SEC.  More specifically 'Bama. ROLL TIDE!
6) My second toe on both feet is freakishly longer than my first toe.  But it makes me awesome at picking things up with my toes!
7) I really like cheese.  My favorite is swiss followed up by a nice fresh mozzarella.
8) My favorite nailpolish brand is Nails, Inc.
9) My favorite makeup brand is NARS.
10) I turn 26 on 23 Aug!
11) I am deeply thrilled that two people nominated me for this award.  It makes me feel good to know people read the ThinkTank :)!

NYCMakeuplover1's Questions

1) What is my favorite store to shop at for makeup? In general, Sephora.  For luxury and niche brands, Nordstroms.  For drugstore makeup, Rite Aid and Ulta.
2) What is one type of product I have the most of? Eyeshadow, definitely.  I have at least four full MAC palettes from collecting over the years, and then some lovely LE quads I am deeply in love with.  I also have quite the collection of Wet n'Wild palettes, I am so surprised by the quality of them.

3) What do your friends/ family think of your makeup habit?  Honestly, my immediate family doesn't think much about it anymore.  They know that I prefer makeup type gifts and they go willingly with me when I lurk around Sephora and the MAC store.  I tend to get asked to do wedding and special occasion makeup a lot.

4) Whats my favorite part about blogging?  Other than I can be completely off the wall and no one can tell me that I'm being inappropriate?  Probably my Mblog posts.  I think they're unique and have the perspective that beauty happens to everyone, and I try to publish them in an "in-the-moment" spirit.

5) What make-up is on my wishlist right now?  UD Naked Skin Foundation, but I'm waiting to lose my summer glow a bit more, because the shade 4.0 white's me out a bit too much for summer. Also, MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Mascara and MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil.

6) Do I stick to certain beauty rules during the seasons?  No.  I prefer dewier foundations in the winter and heavier in the summer.  I use bronzer year round, and find opportunities to wear dark lipstick as my mood strikes me.

7) Are there any makeup items I don't wear?  Regularly, probably foundation primer, mascara primer, lip pencil and highlighter.  That is not to say I don't use them when the opportunity presents itself, I just find them unnecessary in daily makeup.  Also, if I forget to put something on my face daily its usually lipstick, which is hilarious because I own a ton of lipstick.

8) Do I have more High End or Drugstore Makeup? High End. Definitely.  But I do have a soft spot for DS lipstick, mascara and nailpolish.

9) Do I wait for a sale to buy makeup or pay full price for drugstore? If I want a particular item badly enough, I buy it full priced.  But generally I only buy DS makeup if it's on sale, and on sale in a manner that I appreciate, like 40% off rather than buy-one-get-one-50% (eff that).  Or I use coupons.  I stalk displays for coupons that I can use for other items.

10) What is my favorite mascara of ALL TIME? Thats a toughie - it's a tie.  Urban Decay Big Fatty (reformulated) or Beauty Addicts ShowOFF mascara.

11) What advice to you have to fellow newbie bloggers to get more people to find out about your blog? Blog about relevant things.  Or blog about things with a new and unique perspective.  Strive to take quality pictures and network.  Join facebook, twitter, instagram, bloggers.com, bloglovin', networked blogs and see if you qualify for things like Beauty Bloggers Link Love, Beauty Blogazons, iFabbo, etc.  Also, promote yourself by commenting on other blogs and getting to know other bloggers.

Packer Lacquer's Question

1) What is my go-to-can't live without beauty product?  Mascara.  Give me a q-tip and I can even make a decent go at eyeliner with it.  Without mascara it looks like I have no eyelashes, I need this to not look like a space alien.
2) What is the most I've ever spent on a bottle of nailpolish? Probably $14 for MAC nailpolish.  I think if polish costs more than $10 and it doesn't have LSD in it that I can absorb through my nail beds (which, for the record, it can't - because that would be illegal), then it's probably over priced.

3) What is the last book that I read? The Treasurekeeper by Shana Abe and Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

4) What is my favorite dessert? Ohhhh this is hard... I'm not usually a desert person.. but if I had to choose?  Probably the make your own frozen yogurt sundae places or Fruit Tarts with Creme Anglaise centers.. yummy.

5) Name a guilty pleasure.  I own a sample of Hermes Jardin Mediterranee, and I never wear it because I am afraid of using it all up.  I just open it and sniff, compulsively.  I do this a lot, when no one is looking, people already think strange things about me, no need to fuel the fire!

6) How did I get started blogging? Way back in 2008 I wrote What Lachesis Thinks! and if I had stuck with it, I probably wouldn't be a noob again.  But I just lost interest in it.  Then I decided that a makeup world devoid of my opinion was sorely missing something special, so I started up again.  Good news!  I still am interested, I mean I bought my blogs domain name!

7) What is the story behind the name of my blog? Well it's a spin-off from What Lachesis Thinks.  And then I always hear about focus groups and think tanks, and haven't really heard about a singular blog called a Think Tank, so I just struck while the iron was hot.

8) If I could take the vacation of a lifetime where would I go? I would start off with a month in the UK and then probably another month touring France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.  Then I'd hope over to Singapore, Japan and Korea and finish up with like 6 months in the Oz (Australia).  Pretty much I'd go everywhere that didn't actively hate the US, just to see all of the world.  If I was really adventurous, I'd pay Richard Branson some moolah for a seat on Virgin Galactic, but I am mildly terrified of planes, so I am not sure how much I would enjoy the whole experience.

9) Who is one beauty personality, living or not, I would die to meet? Living - the Pixiwoo sisters.  Dead - Alexander McQueen.

10) What is my Sunday lounge outfit? Black yoga pants or oversized black resort pants, and a black spaghetti strapped top.

11) What is my favorite beverage? I really like tea in all forms.  See also Coke Zero (Roman's facebook update got me into it - 10pts if you get the reference!)

My 11 Illustrious Recipients!


My 11 Required Questions
1) If you could design your own beauty product, what would it be?
2) Would you rather be forced to wear full coverage foundation for a year or go without lipstick for a year?
3) Do you like BB Creams or are they just hype?
4) Favorite season for makeup?
5) Favorite drugstore/ high street beauty product?
6) If you could do a makeup/ lookbook based on a country/ place what would it be and why?
7) If you could do the makeup of any Olympian who would it be and why?
8) All time favorite song?
9) What is your favorite thing to blog about?  Not just makeup in general.
10) What inspires you to blog?
11) If you were on a deserted island what three things would you need to have with you?
That's it guys!  I hope you enjoy the Liebster award!  Thanks again!

10 August 2012

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report!


Lola from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog reviews Cleopatra's Choice 100% Argan Oil from Morrocco.

Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog ponders if Mattese Elite Bullet Sponges-Are They Spongeworthy?

Lindsay from The Beauty Think Tank gets crazy with the Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System.

If you would like to be included in next weeks Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please e-mail Lindsay at beautythintank(at)gmail(dot)com!

NOTD - Illamasqua Bacterium

I had nice nails and then work systematically destroyed them. Sigh. I'm working on rehabing them, they're a work in progress. But!!!! Illamasqua Bacterium! Great for the Metallic Earth trend for fall. I, for one, am super excited about it. This is 2x IB, with Seche Vite on top and Nail Tek Iltra on bottom. Two pics so you can appreciate IB in all of its multifaceted nude-greige-green blue shift glory.

08 August 2012

August CCO Finds!

If you happen to be within driving distance of the Greater Philadelphia Chelsea Outlets I recommend hitting up the Cosmetics Company Outlet (CCO) for some fun and discounted MAC, Clinique and Bobbi Brown finds.  I have also seen Smashbox, Origins, Ojon, Estee Lauder and more showcased there.  I like CCO's because they are cheap and cheerful. And, if you know your MAC, you can find some awesome discontinued products from old collections.  I hauled these three products for $30 - see why I enjoy CCO's - and they all have plans for being included in my Fall 2012 staple makeup.

My finds.
I find it very easy to stick to my budget in CCO's as well, namely because when given undisclosed options, and the notion that they aren't going to be sold-out for at least a month or so, I can be very picky.  Also, it's very hit or miss.  Sometimes I leave with nothing, because the selection is so out in left field.  Sometimes, it's a hit! Like this time!

I purchased the following:

Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black
MAC Modern Mocha Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker
MAC Black Line Intense Pearlglide Eye Liner
 

Black Line is a staple eyeliner of mine.  I use it everyday I don't wear winged liner, I like to line my eyes with it and then take a pencil brush and blend it out.  I keep layering and doing this technique until I feel that my eyes are sufficiently lined.  Then I whack on some mascara, and boom.  Easy eye makeup, a subtle way to be a glittery adult.

Modern Mocha was a purchase I made because brown lipstain markers intrigue me.  I never buy drugstore ones because I find the browns/ neutrals to be unpigmented.  Since this was discounted, I decided to jump in!  I really like it.  It's actually a really nice My Lips Butter Better lip color that goes on smoothly and evenly.  It's great for a person like me, who tends to be absent minded with lip products, but knows her face needs a little definition in the lip area.  It's not too much or too little, it's just right.

High Impact is a good foundation mascara.  I'm a compulsive layer-er, and rarely am impressed with one coat of any mascara.  I tend to use a combo of at least two to get length, volume and blackness.  I'm a fan of super dark eyelashes.  Anyways, High Impact is a decent lengthening and curling mascara.  I layer UD Big Fatty over it for the extra sooty look, and to make it smudgeproof.  I like it, it performs just as well as higher end mascaras for cheaper because I bought it at a CCO!


06 August 2012

Glossybox - July

I'm just gonna save my breath and post pictures.  I've come to accept that Glossybox has weird billing and shipping TATs.  I've come to accept that I can be frustrated about this, or just go with the flow.  Or, I could cancel my subscription.  Which I did.  Then my July box rocked out hardcore, and now I'm on the fence. AGAIN.  Crap, Glossybox, why you gotta play me like this.

This months box contained TWO full size products, and two awesome haircare products.
STUFF IS.. WHAT I GOT!

If you now have Sublime stuck in your head... you're welcome.  I am here to serve.
OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil - Full sized.  I really like this pencil.  It's waxy and hard, and just a really perfect shade of brown.  Not too dark.  Not too light.  Not too warm.  Not too ashy.  Juuuussstt right.

Senna Cosmetics Lipgloss Duo - This is also full sized, and I think it's damned hilarious that Senna is selling it for $22.  The two colors are a cross between a metallic nailpolish and disco ball.  They are very sheer, and could be layered over lipstick should you want to add some '80s bling to your lips.  They don't have a lot of slip, you sort of brush them on and smoosh them into place.  I'm not really fond of this.  But the packaging is really pretty.

Caswell-Massey Almond & Aloe Hand and Body Emulsion - This is quite possibly the douchiest sounding hand cream ever.  Emulsion... really?  If you're going to call yourself an emulsion at least have the self-respect to come in a tube.

Sebastian Color Ignite Multi-Tone Shampoo - I really like Sebastian hair products, and this is no different.  A nice, milky, low-lathering cleanser that doesn't strip the hair and leaves it clean and supple.  It's also lightly and non-offensively scented.  Win!

Sebastian Color Ignite Multi-Tone Whipped Conditioner - IT'S A FOAMING CONDITIONER!  And by foaming I mean it comes out of its little spout like WHIPPED CREAM.  I totally dig it.  But then, I am also 5 on the inside.  The conditioner is a nice light conditioner that I feel really sinks into the hair, and despite its curious airiness is very moisturizing.

Alessandro Pedix Feet - This is a foot cream that has gylcolic acid in it.  It's designed to dissolve dead skin cells on the feet and reduce callouses.  What I appreciated about this product is that it came to me completely sealed.  Which is not something I would have thought to check for, but was presently surprised that it was packaged this way.

OFRA Brow Pencil on the Left, Senna Lipgloss on the Left.
I swatched the two color cosmetics.  Definite upgrade on this box.  Finally, some color products.  But it was just a little too late for Glossybox.  I think I'm going to give them a few months to work out the kinks and perhaps give them another go at the beginning of the year.  But right now, I could take it or leave.  So I'm leaving it.

NOTD - Julep Sienna

This was posted to my Instagram (follow me @lachesissss). This is two coats of Julep Nail Vernis in Sienna, with Nail Tek Ultra as a basecoat and the indomitable Seche Vite as a Top coat. Super metallic, love it. Its a golder version of OPI Designer De Better and harkens back to Avon Spellbound (if anyone remembers that).

05 August 2012

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System



Every time I look at this product I hear the Rocky theme song "Gonna Fly Now" open in my head... except I hear "You will have amazing lashes NOW!" instead of.. you know.. "Gonna Fly Now".  Basically, The TF Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension system is designed to give you lashes so fierce you don't need falsies.  Or, in my case, make the false lash look more accessible for those that are challenged (read: itimidated) by the beast that is the false eyelash, a la yours truly.

The tools
HOW THIS WORKS

1) You prime the lashes with the large gold tube of mascara.  

2) Then you apply the nylon fibers to the lash from the little white tube.

3) Then you re-coat the lashes with the gold tube of mascara to seal the fibers onto the lash and give them some extra oomph.

The Step 1 & Step 3 Mascara Wand
The Step 2 Nylon Fiber Wand
Overall, I find the Step 1/ Step 3 mascara very thin.  It gets a nice even coat of product on the lashes, but doesn't go beyond anything other than darkening them.  It doesn't specify if you need to let the first coat dry or not before application, but I just used common sense and applied it when I felt the lashes were tacky.  The third coat, I applied multiple coats of to get the lashes covered, and I didn't feel that the brush carried enough product to get the fibers covered in one coat.  So it takes some finesse to get the final coat on without clumping the lases together.  Also, I find that you don't have to seal the lashes with the mascara provided, I used my UD Big Fatty mascara to the same success.

1 APPLICATION

Just Step 1 - fairly decent mascara, not overly volumizing or lengthening.
Step 2 - Nylon fibers... looks sorta...snowy.
Step 3 - Mascara to seal the fibers in.
I think its a definite improvement over bare lashes and over the primer coat.  There is a definite impression of voluminization at the midshaft and lenghtened tips on the upper lashes.  Does this compete with a set of falsies at this stage... not sure.  I'm inclined to say no.  So, lets get a little cray-cray and apply a second coating!

2 APPLICATIONS

Step 2 - I skipped step one because I completed it at Step 3 at the end of application 1.
Step 3 - again!
To answer the most obvious question - No.  It does not feel like your eye is being bogged down with a ton of product, nor does it feel like you have  pair of false lashes on.  I liken it to wearing multiple coats of mascara.  If you're a hard core wearer, you won't notice because you're used to wearing mascara.  A novice eye makeup user, however, may notice some extra weight on the eyes.  Also, to answer the second most obvious question - No.  This does not flake off into my eye.  But I have trained myself not to touch my eye area, so that I don't mess my eye makeup up anyway, so this is not a problem for me.  But, if you're going to rub your eye, I don't think this will overly flake off, but I do get the impression that rubbing will give you  a serious case of spiky, stuck together, spider lashes.

I would totally reccomend this product if you are looking for a more natural (read: Believable) version of super sized lashes.  I quite like it, and really enjoy the look it gives my lashes.  I feel comfortable wearing this product with minimal eyemakeup, because the lashes make such a statement (channeling the Emma Watson cover of November British Vogue).  I also like it because, now, I don't feel the need to use a lash primer because the Nylon fibers add such bulk and weight to the lashes.  But again, I don't use this product every day.

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System is $35.  So, it is quite pricey., almost on the order of a luxe foundation.  However, if you can hold out for the Sephora F&F Sale in November (if they have it - it's never guaranteed, but they've never not had it in my recollection) or if Too Faced has a sale, you can cinch this for a steal.  You can purchase this, where ever Too Faced Cosmetics are sold.