30 July 2013

Fysiko Lash Growth Serum + My Favorite Mascara

A match made in eyelash heaven.  I am loving the Fysiko Lash Growth Serum.  It has given me the ability to get away with mascara only eye looks.  Which is something I've always want to be able to do.  Secret goal - Check!  Now.  Growth serum alone does not buxom lashes make.  So I need an assist from Benefit They're Real Mascara - a quick curl and two to ten coats later and thick, luscious, fluttery lashes are yours to behold!  Seriously, my lashes have never looked this good.  Ever.  And I am in love with both Fysiko and the Benefit Mascara!

PICTURES - THEY SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

Oh Momma! Check this out.

Literally, concealer and mascara.  That's it.  Fabulous!
 What's nice about the serum, is that the awkward shortened section of my lashes that I was concerned about it my last update grew in beautifully.  The lashes are just as long and lush as the others.  Finally, I am seeing the thickening effect of the serum as well.  Before the length was immediately noticeable, but the thickness was lacking.  I'm here to say, that's no longer the case.  Now, if they'd just darken up a wee bit, we'd be in bidness!

Bonus Eyeball!  See it all looks even and grown in!

25 June 2013

FOTD + Fysiko Eye Lash Growth Serum Update


Part I 


So maybe revers-i-bangs aren't as cool as I thought.

When it's hot I don't fuss with too much overcomplicated makeup (says the girl who is wearing 3 mascaras), but I do like to look like the sun and the temperature haven't kicked my ass.  Enter in The Body Shop's All in One Face Base, when worn over the Tea Trea Pore Minimizer and the Vitamin C Moisturizer with SPF 30, this versatile powder wears like iron.  It sticks to my face, it stays on my face, blurs imperfections and can be layered for extra coverage.  Because it's a powder, as the day wears on, it doesn't slide off and keeps the mid-day greasies away.  I love it.
FOTD PRODUCTS

- The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer
- The Body Shop All-in-One Face Base - Shade 045 (great color match)
- MAC Pro-longwear concealer  - NW25 (another longwearing, non-melting summertime staple)
- NYX Matte Bronzer - Medium (A fave of mine!)
- Tarte Lip and Cheek Stain in Flushed (a great, unversally flattering shade of red)
- Clinique High Definition Lashes Mascara (length, seperation, definition)
- Cover Girl Lash Blast (to hulk the lashes out)
- The Body Shop Waterproof Big & Curvy Mascara (to set the curl, and keep the lashes from smudging off your face)
- MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick (smooshed into the lips and blotted away for a faint orange stain)

Part II

My Lashes + Fysiko+Lash Curlers+3 Mascaras = These new lashes!
The second month of testing this serum out is coming to an end, and I have successfully managed to re-incorporate the product into my regime as the burning/ morning eye irritation has seemed to abated.  I have definitely noticed longer, more fluttery lashes, especially in the inner corners (which I manipulate to my advantage with my excessive use of mascara), but not really any thicker or darker lashes.  Later this month, I am going to attempt to tint them once the section where they were sparse grows in, and see if I can get away with less mascara with my newly darkened lashes. I have also just started using this on a section of my brows that became bald due an unfortunate waxing incident, and it has helped the area become less patchy looking, but I've only used it for a week.  Overall, I'm still satisfied with the product.  I think that it's helping my lashes grow in thicker and is supporting the natural lash growth cycle! 

Yes, somehow an entire section of my lashes are shorter than the other.  I have yet to figure out why.
 I do have one conundrum with this product - this is more of an afterthought - you're not recommended to use this product on the lower lashline, so how do you reconcile the difference in lushness between your top and bottom lashes? I'm assuming a wee bit of the product transfers from top to bottom, especially at night if you have your eyes closed.... however, it doesn't bridge the gap created by boosting only your top lashes.  In the spirit of inquiry, I used the product on my lower lashes and the irritation I had previously experienced re-appeared with a red and itchy vengeance.  So I don't recommend ignoring the usage guidelines on that.  But I'm still left a bit confused.  Oh well, I've never been one for bottom lash looks anyway.
The Fysiko Lash Growth Serum was a product provided from Influenster for me to test for 16 weeks from Fysiko, in exchange for four blog posts.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and are unique to me.

12 June 2013

10 Beauty Hacks to Make Your Life Simpler



HACK 1

Swish with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (DO NOT SWALLOW) for a minute before brushing and wake up with brighter teeth.  For an extra pearly level up, mix a tiny bit of Baking Soda with your toothpaste and brush away (this step not recommended for people with overly sensitive teeth).

HACK 2

Greasy hair? Soak it up with baby powder or talcum powder. The night before dust the powder onto your roots, shake through.  In the morning brush as usual, to get rid of extra powder and style.  Want extra volume? Mix cornstarch into the talc for extra boost.

HACK 3

Messy manicurist? Put a layer of vaseline around the edges of your nail/ cuticle, paint as usual.  When dry, wash the vaseline off.  Perfect manicure, and moisturized cuticles.

HACK 4

Notice bleach spots on your black shirt and you're already at work.  Sneak to the bathroom with a black sharpie and color the spots in.  Voila! Black shirt is now black again.

HACK 5

Out of your favorite body scrub?  Mix olive oil, honey, and equal parts sugar/ salt.  Scrub into the skin, let the olive oil linger to moisturize before rinsing/ washing off.

HACK 6

This is for the more brave.  Wax your own eyebrows with an at home stripless wax, for an in between waxing touch up, take a tiny bit of wax and smooth under the arch of the brow, let it harden and rip off.  When self waxing, be more conservative in the placement of the wax.  You can always take more away later, but it's a bitch to grow them back.

HACK 7

Favorite lipstick a little too full on for summer?  Melt a tiny bit of the lipstick in the microwave and pour liquid into a new clear lipgloss/ balm tube, mix and check color.  Keep adding melted lipstick until the desired opacity is reached.  Bam.  A perfect, portable custom liplgoss color.

HACK 8

Having trouble getting your cat eye flick?  Take a piece of tape and angle it from the outer corner of the eye toward the brow, draw on your cat liner, using the tape as a guide.  Peel off, for your precise wing.

HACK 9

The perfect mascara layering trick for bold lashes.  Curl lashes, apply one thin coat of waterproof mascara to set curl. Follow up with two coats of a volumizing mascara.  Then while the volumizing mascara is still tacky, hit the tips of the lashes with a lengthening mascara.  Concentrate more of the volumizing mascara on the outer corner, and the lengthening a bit more on the inner corners.  (Okay - so this hack doesn't make your life simpler, but trust me, it works!)

HACK 10

Use sunscreen now - save on anti-aging beauty products later. 

Random I know, but I use all of these on the regular.  And they are totally worth it!
 

03 June 2013

FOTD - The Glossy Minimalist

Lately, I've come way off from wearing a ton of makeup, because I just haven't felt it was necessary or felt the deep-seated need to play with my stash.  So I took a break from makeup, an amicable separation if you will.  And while I may have pared down what I put on my face, I haven't pared down the style in which I do so.  This look is sort of a play on that minimalism, but incorporating an eyegloss as a fun and grungy texture on the lids.

THE LOOK

Forgive the giantness of my nose.  Even as I get smaller, it only gets egregiously bigger.
 WHAT I USED

Ok, so fairly streamlined.


- Neutrogena Shine Control Powder
- MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer in NW25
- Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Tickled
- Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Light/ Medium
- MAC Gloss Creme
- The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 03: Medium Matte
- Clinique High Definition Lashes Mascara
- Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara
- The Body Shop Aloe Lip Care (Not Pictured)

HOW TO GET THE LOOK

Concealer + Mascara + Eyegloss = Interesting and pretty eyemakeup.

1) Apply your base all over with a foundation brush.  You want Light coverage as this is supposed to be more about your skin looking like skin rather than makeup.

2) Apply concealer to your under-eye and eyelid area, blending down towards the cheekbone.

3) Apply cheekstain to apples of the the cheek and subtly work it back towards the hairline.

4) Contour lightly using bronzer.

5) Set face with mattifying powder.

6) Apply one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by a coat of volumizing mascara.  Repeat this cycle until a desired bulky lash look is achieved.  Also, if it's slapdash looking, the better, when you put the eyegloss on kind helps everything blend and look cool.

7) Using a synthetic bristled small, flat brush, pat the eyegloss on the lid. Using a tiiiny amount, start above the pupil and work outward, never blending the product above the crease or onto the lower lashline.  Don't blink for a few minutes while it sets up.

8) Apply lip balm, and pat the tiniest amount of foundation into it, to mute your lips.  The use of foundation will also make them appear slightly fuller.

REMEMBER: Eyegloss is meant to look grungy.  And by keeping everything else so muted, the unusual makeup accentuates your eyes without looking too overdone/ made up.


 

02 June 2013

Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum Month 1 Update

I took a survey from Influenster Vox, as a result, I was selected to try the Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum for 16 weeks and blog my experience.  As per the agreement in the quiz I took, I agreed to provide at least four blog posts about the product.  This is blog post one.


WHAT IS IT?

Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum is an all natural serum designed to help grow and maintain longer, fuller looking eyelashes in 16 weeks.  You put a thin line of serum on your lash line 1-2x day for 16 weeks and your lashes should "grow". If using other cosmetics on top, wait 15 minutes for it to fully dry before continuing with your routine. This product was developed by a dermatologist.

FYS-I- WHAT?

Pronounced Fi-zi-ko' - Fysiko means "natural" in Greek.

SO... WHAT MAKES IT WORK?

A proprietary blend of ingredients - but mainly Sodium Hyaluronate and Methylamido Dihydro Norafloprostal.  The others are conditioning ingredients to maintain a nicer, supple-r appearnce of the lash.  The Hyaluronate is essentially hyaluronic acid, a chemical that holds moisture to the lash/ skin by pulling it from it's surroundings.  The extra water causes the hairshaft to appear thicker.  The Norafloprostal is an ingredient designed to support the follicle during the growth phase of the hair shaft.
HAVE I EXPERIENCED ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

Yes. Mild ones. I choose to use the serum at night when I go to bed, and for the first two to three weeks of use, I would wake up in the AM with red/ irritated eyes.  Something which the instructions with the product warn you about.  It was persistent, to the point where I discontinued the use of the product daily and rotated it's use every other day.  But now the irritation seems to have gone away.

WHAT WERE YOUR LASHES LIKE PRIOR TO THIS?

My eyelashes are well documented on this blog, most of my makeup endeavours revolve around getting the longest, fakest looking lashes possible.  Just search "Mascara" in the labels.  I consider them to be on the longer side, with a definite curl.  However, they are fine and virtually colorless.  Without mascara  I look like I have no eyelashes.  So for the sake of this experiment, I will evaluate this product with Mascara.
SO WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE NOW?


The creasing is intentional, I have eyegloss on.  Mascara is Clinique High Definition Lashes layered with Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara.

I see the most difference on the lashes on the inner corner of my eye, they've grown the most so far.

NOTICED ANYTHING DIFFERENT?

Honestly, yes.  They're longer, and there appears to be slightly more of them than usual. They aren't really any thicker than normal.  Just more dense in appearance along the lashline. At this point, I think it's a fair result.

WHERE CAN I GET IT?

You can get it at www.fysikolashes.com

15 February 2013

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report

  

Lola of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog showcases how she stores her lip products in a special by request post.

Rachel from Rachel's Makeup and Skincare tries out La Licious Bath and Body Collection in their new Valentine's Day Scent and finds she is in love!

Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog has a fabulous giveaway featuring Luscious Argan Oil products from Eden Allure!

Rola's Fountain of Youth is now on Instagram, go see what she has been loving and doing lately!

Lindsay of The Beauty Think Tank shows off an oldie but a goodie in MAC Illegal Purple nailpolish, perfect vampy tips for Valentine's Day!

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!


11 February 2013

NOTD MAC Illegal Purple

From the '08 Cult of Cherry release. An oldie but a goody! 3 coats of color and topped with Seche Vite. Nothing says Valentine's like Vampy nails!

09 February 2013

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report


Lola of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has a Dupe Alert! for Burberry's Lip Glow in Pink Sweet Pea.

Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog has an excellent step by step tutorial for applying eyeshadow with emphasis on contouring!

Elizabeth of Love.Life.Beauty reviews Origins High-Potency Night-a-mins cream.

Harriet at Little Miss Student Beauty tells us her favourite lipsticks for Valentines Day!
 
Rachel from Rachel's Makeup and Skincare has information on Step-Up gifts being offered at next week's Barney's Love Yourself Beauty Bag Event.

Lindsay at The Beauty Think Tank shares her opinion of the Physicians Formula BB 3-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer.

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

07 February 2013

The Promised UD Naked Basics FOTD

Two of my lovely, lovely readers wanted to see the look I described in my review of the UD Naked Basics Palette.  So this post is for Brelki and Marilyn! Thanks for commenting and reading the Think Tank ladies!


Here you can see that the lid color is neutralized by Foxy, and that Naked2 and Faint give a subtle shadow to the crease.  Also, Virgin is under the tail end of my brow, hopefully, giving it a smidgen of lift.


In this shot, I used WOS to brighten the inner eye area and make the eye look more awake.  Virgin is in there as well, but I didn't use flash for this shot, was just front lit using Daylight CFL, so you can't really pick it up.  For the most part I use this palette because it's subtle and I can do quick, corrective makeup and just make the eye area look better.

Other Mentionables:
- MAC Dark Devotion Fluidline
- UD Big Fatty Mascara
- PF 3-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer in Light/ Medium
- L'Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Berry Persistent

06 February 2013

Physicians Formual Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer

Anyone catch the redundancy in the title?


Descriptions, straight from the Physicians Formula website:
  •  Brush on this miracle cream to instantly diminish the appearance of: Dark Circles, Puffiness, Imperfections, Blemishes, Redness, and Uneven Skin Tone.
  • Super BB Concealer is your super tool for targeted application and was designed to perfectly complement the Super BB Cream & Powder.
Sometimes, I'm just a sucker with good intentions looking for a product that delivers in a world full of too good to be true.  It's truly my inclination to want to like things.  I swear.  In fact, I was totally going to buy the new Revlon Nearly Naked Powder, when I saw this Physicians Formula duster in Rite Aid (another place I haunt, much like Sephora), and it had the concealer above.  I was intrigued by the pen style packaging, taken with the holographic details, and sold with the $3 off coupon taped so conveniently to the box (no rebate needed for this one!).  But alas, it was not to be.

For the record, this is with the light-medium concealer on.
I guess, it's sort of unfair to judge a concealer like this, when my dark circle's are truly beasts of savage reknown, but I mean pictures don't lie.  For my under-eye area, it just doesn't work.  Which is a shame, because that is the entire reason I purchased the Super BB Concealer.  It's also sort of flagrantly ignores the claims of the packaging, which says that it conceals Dark Circles and Puffiness.

However, I think this product does have it's merits, and I think it could work as a concealer/ under eye brightener for those whose dark circles are less tragic than my own.  The actual concealer delivery system is a brush tipped pen, that is great for getting into the inner corner and under eye areas.  Additionally, the texture of the product is like a thickened MAC Face & Body foundation, so it does have some coverage.  Overall, I think the pigmentation could be better, but the color match for the light/medium pen was really good.  It's just not enough to be a true concealer.  On the face it's ok for covering small blemishes, but it wears off rather quickly.  It has all the makings of greatness, I guess it just needs to mature a bit, or maybe to truly make it work I need to use it with the other two products in the range.  But that seems sort of a pain in the ass, because I already have products I like much better - I'm just lacking a concealer.

This is available wherever Physician's Formula is sold.  At Rite Aid the boxes have a $3 manufacturer's coupon taped to the box, which is redeemable at the register.  Rite Aid is also offering a $5 Plus Up reward on your wellness card with any cumulative purchase(s) of Physicians Formula totaling $15.

03 February 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

The best of the whole Naked franchise, IMO.
It's February, and I want to talk about Naked things.  Anyone surprised? No.  Good.  On with the review!

THINGS I LIKE ABOUT IT

- Foxy.
- It's mostly matte.
- It has a combo of yellow, pink and cool toned shades.
- Foxy.
- Venus > Virgin > Booty Call.
- Compact, intelligent, travel friendly packaging.
- Foxy.
- Limited color range - makes it easier to use this palette as a functional item.
- Did I mention... Foxy?

Nude.
WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT IT

- Crave is a weird texture.  It's matte and pigmented and a nice deep color.  But it's sorta hard, stuck together and a bit awkward to blend.

- Faint should have been less cool toned.

Nood.
Out of all of the Naked palettes, Basics is my favorite.  I sometimes find using the Naked and Naked 2 palettes a bit daunting because there SO many choices, and I am naturally drawn to certain colors.  This makes me feel like I really only utilize half the palette(s), and then I feel myself trying to find looks to use the other colors and I dislike that even more because I can't use all of the colors seamlessly in my routine.  With Basics, the only color I don't use on the regular is Crave.  Mainly because I just don't wear dark eye makeup all the time, and to be honest, I still use NYX Black all the time when I want a dark and smoky look.

I also like the price point of this palette. At $27 it's accessible, even to those on a tight budget.  It's refreshing, and for $27 you can't beat the quality of the shadows or the packaging.  Speaking of packaging.  Thank God for this! Something that is slim.  Travel sized. Not embossed velvet, or encased in metal.  Or huge in general.  Urban Decay finally got it right (although - the only truly failtastic packaging occurred with the original Naked, because that velvet just get's jacked up after a while, and then what are you gonna do?). 

HOW I USE IT

1) Take W.O.S and use it as an inner eyelid brightener, perker upper.  It's pink toned, so it should work for you that way.

2) Take Foxy (my forever love and main reason I purchased Basics because I had hit pan on the one in Naked 2), and use it on the lid and lower lashline to color correct the lid and combat the redness on the lashline.

3) Mix Naked2 and Faint buff into outer corner and sweep into outer crease, not carrying it over to the inner corner.  The entire idea of this look is to keep the eye open and bright.

4) Intensify outercorner with more Faint if needed.

5) Liquid liner.  Winged or unwinged as you prefer.

6) Highlight with Virgin under the arch of the brow and in the inner corner.  Pack a bit more in on the bottom lashline in the inner corner area.

7) Mascara! 

This should take you five minutes or less, and leave you looking bright eyed and bushy tailed with no obvious make-up other than the liner.  It give the impression you are just naturally that fabulous.

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is available from UrbanDecay.com and Sephora for $27 USD.

02 February 2013

Insta-Lemming: NARS And God Created The Woman Palette

WANT.  That is all.

Contains: Alhambra, Bellisima, Kalahari, Galapagos, Coconut Grove, Night Clubbing.  $59 at Sephora.

01 February 2013

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report

Lola of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog reviews Alba Botanical's Natural Very Emollient Body Lotion.

Jeneille of Beauti by Jinjer swatches all of her extensive Nude lipstick collection.

Harriet at Little Miss Student Beauty shares her tips on how she thickened her fine hair!

Rachel from Rachel's Makeup and Skincare compares Burberry's Velvet and Luminous foundation. Which did she like best?

Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog wants us to sweeten our cheeks with Manna Kadar Sweet Cheeks!

Rola from Rola's Fountain of Youth had Random Sightings of Spring 2013 Makeup Displays and the colors are gorgeous!

C.Jazmyne reviews both Loose and Pressed NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powders.

Lindsay at The Beauty Think Tank talks about finally purchasing YSL Rouge Pur Couturs Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain in Pourpre Preview.

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

31 January 2013

Holiday Hangover: NARS 47th Street Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner

It's the last day in January, and this will be the last holiday hangover post this year. Mainly because February is knocking on the door, but mostly because I've run out of products that I purchased during the holidays.


Anyone shocked that I am reviewing yet another NARS + Andy Warhol collection product?  No? Good.
Another crisp shot eeked out of my iPhone.
I have mixed feelings about Larger Than Life Eyeliners, mainly because I find them a bit dry and when on the waterline it sort of crusts up and makes it a bit uncomfortable to wear.  Clearly, you're thinking I picked the wrong eyeliner because 47th street is a black eyeliner with silvered microglitter in it, it's totally bound to be mega uncomfortable and make your contacts hate you.  And. You'd be wrong.  I was surprised with how comfortable this is to wear on the waterline.  But mainly, I like to line my upper lashline and quickly smudge it so that I get a softly smoky eye with shimmery, sparkly, glimmers.  And this is sparkly.  Think of a matte black base and defined pieces of glitter.  No shimmer to obscure the reflection of the glitter.  The effect is very night sky/ star like.  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this eyeliner.

I like that the base is black enough to be defining, but not black enough to obscure the glitter.
 As you can see, it's a softer black.  Which makes it excellent for smudging and adding a soft edge to everyday makeup.  The glitter in this is marketed as being silver, but it flashes blue and purple as well.

At little unfocused to pick up the glitter shifting colors.
I have no complaints about this eyeliner.  I wear it quite often, as it's a great way to inject some fun and fancy glitter into your day without it being overpowering or looking over done.  For quick, easy makeup you have to smudge and smudge this quickly.  I tend to dot it on, then grab my pencil brush and work it back and forth to thicken and diffuse the line.  Then I layer on tons of mascara (because I love thick mascara-y lashes), a bit of highlighter and I'm done.  Boom.

Love this product. NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliners are $26USD and available at Sephora and NARScosmetics.com.

30 January 2013

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain - Pourpre Preview


No I'm not going to sing you Led Zeppelin.  I am however going to suggest you listen to Metallica's Ecstasy of Gold while you read this.  So be a good sport, scroll to the bottom and hit 'Play'.
Finally! It is mine! I've lusted after this stain for the better part of two years, I've swatched this multiple times, coveted a variety of colors.  Finally, I just jumped in and bought shade 16 aka Pourpre Preview.  A shade that brings back happy recollections of MAC's Up the Amp lipstick.

I've always thought that YSL packaging toed the line between gaudy and luxe with remarkable aplomb.
I like that the packaging for the Glossy Stains has a bit of a heft to it.  Makes me unafraid to tuck into my makeup bag and stick it in my purse.  I also like that the swatch window showcases the color perfectly, because it's a little peek into the product.

Except for they keep it classy and make the applicator not look like a ladypart.
The applicator is pretty sweet and perfect for applying this product.  The point makes it great for getting into the corners of the mouth and precisely smoothing it onto your cupids bow.  The doefoot helps the stain smooth on easily and leave behind a glossy shine.

Glossy Swatch
Stain Swatch
I apply a thin layer first to get the stain going, just to get a base down so that the stain is even throughout the day.  Then, after about 5 minutes or so, I smooth the top layer into the lips and apply a second coat for a glossy shine.  What I get is lovely medium purple lips, with a touch of pink.  And because the texture is so nice it doesn't appear fake or garish looking as these more unusual shades can, it just melds in and mimics the basic texture of the lip with some lovely shine.

I seriously love this.  I can't wax poetic about this enough.  It's available at Sephora for $32 USD.


Skip to minute 1:15 for the start of Ecstasy of Gold and then just sit back, relax and appreciate how lovely and symphonic it is.  The music has scope and then it transitions into Call of the Ktulu, which Metallica comes out and jams with the Orchestra.  This was from the S&M show (SF Orchestra & Metallica).  But it's amazingly awesome.

Think Tank Style: Chunky Silver + Naturally Polished Nails

This week has been so, so crazy. And when it get's crazy I pare my style down to the basics. Easy to wear bold statement jewelry, and low maintenance nails. I've been quite taken with going sans colored nailpolish and just using the jelly finish of my basecoat shine through a glassine topcoat. It also really elongates your fingers, and makes you look polished when your life is leading you anywhere but. Ring from Lane Bryant.

25 January 2013

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report


Lola of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog reviews Le Metier de Beaute Empress Lip Kaleidoscope.

Harriet at Little Miss Student Beauty has reviewed her Crown Brush set!
Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog shows us how she "flosses between the pans" and depots without using heat!

Missed your chance to snag Sally Hansen's iconic blue shade Pacific Blue?  Kelly over at The Reasonable Blonde has found an alternative that is nearly identical.  Check it out here, and happy polishing!

Rola at  Rola's Fountain of Youth shares her Current Favorite Winter Facial Moisturizers and she is now on Instagram!

Jeneille of Beauti by Jinjer spills the details of another photoshoot she worked on.

Lindsay at The Beauty Think Tank reviews the shades she thinks stands out from the rest in the Colorglide Lipstick range offerred at The Body Shop.

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.

23 January 2013

Holiday Hangover: NARS + Andy Warhol Flowers 3 Palette


This is the silver packaging I was talking about.
It appears that I had a very NARS themed Christmas.  Mainly, this was Andy Warhol driven decision making.  And only a part of it was because I really, really, really like NARS makeup.  That being said, I have never owned a NARS design/ un-separated palette before.  I'm not entirely sure what to think of it, since I mainly purchased this as a collectors piece (which, if you'll notice, I promptly destroyed any value it may have by swatching the purpled background and fell victim to the ruse of overspray).


Ye olde palette.
This palette is based off of Warhols Flowers pop art piece, and there were two (or three I can't recall correctly) palettes that were made to mimic the print.  The one I have, Flowers 3, is the neutral palette - with an icy shimmery white-gold, a shimmery fawn shade, a deeper rich coffee color, and the purple/ black/ silver/ taupe-y background.  The other one I remember as Flowers 2, was more bright colors featuring purple, yellow and red.  The flowers themselves are one solid color, with frost, whilst the background has more of a satin finish.  If you do purchase this, I advise just skipping mussing up the background, because the overspray comes right off with the purple, and it makes the rest of the palette look unsightly once besmirched.

Fun inserts! Eye makeup example, Variation on the artwork, Helpful words.  Nails are China Glaze QT.
The eye makeup featured on the insert, I guess, is sort of a suggestion for how you should use the palette if you wanted to do an eyemakeup look.  I see a bit of Edie Sedgewick in there (not a whole lot, mind you - Flowers was produced in 1965 during the height of '60s Mod subculture), and weirdly some 70's influences.  Another sort of damper on the whole thing, is that the card may be misleading you to think these shadows have crazy color payoff, or at least enough payoff to get you that eye look.  Let me tell you something.  They don't. 

Swotch!
So, as we can see they are all sheer and you would need to use a black cream base and be decent with a blending brush and pencil brush if you wanted to re-create the suggested look.  I found the texture of the shadows to be dry, unlike the NARS duos, which tend to be creamy and smooth.  I feel like this might be a hallmark of the manufacturing of the palette, and have to do with how its formed to get all of the shadows to form one cohesive palette.  This also speaks to this palette being more of a showcase piece than an actual every day use palette.  But to each their own.

This palette retailed for $55 USD and was available from Sephora.com and NARScosmetics.com.

21 January 2013

Birchbox - January 2013


Buon Anniversaire!  I have been a Birchbox subscriptionist for a year! *throws confetti*  And while I do have plans to test out other subscription boxes this year, Birchbox was the only one to successfully weather the 2012 boxes that I tested.   I will say that I am not too jazzed about this box.  When I was a bright and shiny member last year, I would have been super excited, but as an old hat, I was sort of let down.  I don't really feel any cohesion to this box, and I really dislike the fact that Birchbox keeps trying to press Juicy Couture frangrancerie on me.  DO I LOOK LIKE A GIRL WHO WOULD USE A JUICY PRODUCT?

The things that I can see would have caused me to be excited were the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrait and the Juice Beauty Skin Care Line.  However, I've tried the Embryolisse before, having procured it the old fashioned Ebay way, and was less than enamored of it.  Don't get me wrong, it's a fabulous moisturizer, it was just too heavy for my skin.  I only used it on the deepest freeziest days of winter, when the air literally sucks all of the youth and dew out of your skin.

The Juice Beauty has some buzzwords on the packaging that just rub me the wrong way.  I feel like it's clever word play and trickery to make it seem like the product is better than what it is.  And given the size of the samples, you'll never really know if the descriptions ring true or not, because it's not enough to test the claims the packaging makes.

The other two items, the Amika Color pHerfection shampoo sample and theBalm Put a Lid On It Eye Primer, seemed random in the face of the others.

I guess the true theme here is to preserve and protect - as there is a skincare regime, a protective shampoo, a primer, an ultra moisturizer and a perfume sample.  But I'm just slightly underwhelmed by this months offering.

20 January 2013

The Body Shop Colorglide Lipsticks

I am impressed with this photograph.  Sometimes I can eek some awesome out with my iPhone.

I love The Body Shop.  I shop exclusively for body care and skin care there.  I am a fan.  The one area where The Body Shop is hit or miss, is definitely in the makeup products.  Usually, I avoid the make-up section, purely because I'm a bit of a snob.  God this review sounds so lame....

The colors in question.
For the record, I didn't actually purchase these myself.  In addition to being a scientist extraordinaire, I also have a part time job at The Body Shop, just cuz.  One of the perks of being a regular associate is that you sometimes get gratis.  These three lipsticks were gratis, otherwise I don't think I'd ever have purchased them.  Actually, if I hadn't had the opportunity to play around with them at work, I would never have thought twice about them.  Period.  

The lipstick cases are so shiny.  It's freakish and mesmerizing.
What I liked about all of these colors is that they are a nice even jelly finish, transparent and bright without being over the top.  They nicely stain the lips and somehow look natural and fresh on the face, instead of heavy and garish.  I think they're nice colors for spring and the light texture make them believable and pretty looking.

Rich Scarlett, Flirty Pink, Neon Pink
These have Marula oil, Sesame oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil and Rosehip oil in them.  Somehow this doesn't make them overly moist, just sort of not dry.  If you use balm beforehand, you won't have a problem with the texture of the lipstick at all.  Rich Scarlett is my favorite, it's sort of a sheer Lady Danger with a touch more pink, very flattering on people with sallow/ olive undertones.  Flirty Pink is a nice pink shade that actually works for me, because pinks rarely do, with a touch of coral, it's sheer and just makes the lips more voluptuous looking.  Neon pink is a color that I use sparingly, so that it's more of a suggestion of a barbie pink, rather than full force pink.  It's blue toned and as a stain makes for a very interesting look, soft but bright and it clashes just enough with my skin tone - which sounds like it would be terrible, but I really like it.

Colorglides are $12.50, but often they go on sale for half off.

18 January 2013

The Beauty Blogazons Weekly Round-Up!


Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report!


Jeneille of Beauti by Jinger showcases her laptop case, a piece by designer Jeremy Payne of Fashion is Payne.

Lola of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog reviews her Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow collection, by request.

Emily of Mrs. Wasp tells us about her top picks from Laura Mercier's Arabesque Collection.

Harriet at Little Miss Student Beauty has been reviewing the Maybelline Superstay Lipsticks!

Barbara at Barbara & 1923 reviews the Fashion Fair True Finish Refining Mineral Foundation.

Elizabeth at Love.Life.Beauty gives us the scoop on the NARS Spring 2013 collection.

Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog asks us - Is Your Makeup Life A Bit Boring? Stimulate It With a Touch Face Vibrating Sponge.

Rachel from Rachel's Makeup and Skincare has jumped on Pammy's wagon and started building a core MAC collection with $21 a month. See what she bought for January!

Come see the last installment of Best of 2012 Roundup - Body Care, Hair Care, Etc. at Rola's Fountain of Youth!

Lindsay at TheBeautyThinkTank wonders if the new Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream is a glitterbomb or not?  And if it's not, then what is it!

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

16 January 2013

NOTD Illamasqua Purity

This is one of those chalky neo-pastel colors that look awesome, but can be difficult to work with. But, because it's from the Toxic Nature Collection (One of my fave makeup releases of all time), I try to overlook its lack of consistency. This is two coats sandwiched between Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat and Seche Vite Top Coat.

FOTD - NARS Nouveau Monde

I've been wearing this duo a ton lately. It's a great khaki green with a silvery blue violet. I used a matte cool toned tan in the crease and outer corner for some depth. Quick and Easy for a Wednesday. Other mentionables: UDPP Eden, Revlon Photoready BB Cream, Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Bronzer, UD Big Fatty Mascara.

15 January 2013

Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks Matte Collection

A picture is worth 1000 words, and I have three! Let them tell you the story.

It's like a normal Kate Moss packaging... but it's red!

Is that a neon coral? Why yes, yes it is.  109 is a Matte neon coral.
Swatch!  I love neon shades because they translate so well when used as more of a plush lip stain, than a full on BAM product!
Spotted! at Walgreens.... and they had a $1 off coupon.  Sneaky, sneaky Walgreens.  Making me buy neon coral-red lipsticks from British High Street brands.