Friday, October 15, 2010

Face of the Day (FOTD) - A Neutral Look

Here is a neutral makeup look that I did featuring the Naked Palette by Urban Decay and Venomous Villains Products. I have been wearing this look for the last couple days and it is perfect for the daytime. I love reading face of the day posts on other blogs so I thought you would enjoy :)

Products Used:

  • Mac Painterly Paint Pot
  • Naked Palette eye shadows in the colors Virgin, Naked, Toasted and Hustle
  • Naked Palette eyeliners in Whiskey and Zero
  • Loreal Voluminous Mascara
  • Palladio Herbal Primer Potion
  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Mac Studio Finish Concealer
  • Mac MSF Natural
  • Mac By Candlelight MSF
  • Mac Briar Rose Beauty Powder
  • Clinique Almost Bronzer
  • Mac Innocence Beware

First I primed my face with primer potion and applied my foundation with my fingers. Next I applied concealer and MSF powder to set my foundation. The I applied painterly paint pot on my eyelids. With a flat shader brush I put the color toasted all over my lids. I then took a Mac 217 crease brush and applied naked in the crease and blended it up. Next I put hustle in the crease, focusing on the outer v and blended it out. I then took a Sigma 219 brush and smudged hustle right under the lower lash line. After that placed virgin on the brow bone and on the inner corner of my eyes. I used the double sided urban decay liner that came with the palette and lined my upper lash line with the color zero and my water line with the color whiskey. To finish off the eyes, I curled my lashes and applied loreal voluminous mascara.

With a Mac 129 Brush I placed briar rose beauty powder on my cheeks. I then applied by candlelight on my cheek bones as a highlight, which gives a nice glow from within. With my Sigma 150 brush I applied my bronzer all over my face, focusing on the hollows of my cheeks, temple, and jawline. Lastly I applied the lipstick innocence beware to finish off the look.

I hope you liked it! Let me know what you use for your neutral eye look.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dry Shampoo

I find it funny that most of the people I know have never tried dry shampoo. I first started using it last year and I don't know how I survived without it. It is great for freshening up your hair without the hassle of showering, blow drying, straightening, etc -you know the drill. I typically wash my hair every other day since its not healthy to wash hair on a daily basis. Now the problem with skipping a day is that hair can sometimes look a little flat, oily, etc on the second day. That is where dry shampoo comes in. You can simply spray a little of it on the roots around the crown area of your hair, massage it in with your hands, and voila, you have fresh looking hair. Luckily, my hair is on the dryer side, so I don't need to use it all the time, I just like the feeling of refreshed hair! If you have oily hair, I highly recommend you try out a dry shampoo.

There are many dry shampoos on the market today. I have tried three brands of dry shampoo: Klorane, Batiste, and Tresemme. My favorite of the three is Klorane. It feels clean and lightweight, it is hypo-allergenic, there is no strong smell (but I love the light scent), and it makes my hair look fresh. The only downside is that it is on the pricier side of dry shampoos.

Batiste is also a good dry shampoo. Out of all the dry shampoos I have tried, it gives the most volume to the hair as well as cleaning it. It also really inexpensive, which is great. The only downside of this shampoo is the scent, if you are sensitive to smells. Some people may actually like the scent, but it is just too strong for me personally.

Tresemme dry shampoo was very disappointing. I was excited to try out this product since the Tresemme brand is very affordable, and because I have enjoyed other products from this line. While the scent was pleasant, the result was not good. The shampoo left my hair very sticky and damp, unlike the other dry shampoos. It actually felt dirtier to me after than before I applied it. I attempted to try it out a couple other times, but got the same results. I feel like the problem with the formula is that it is much more runny, while the other shampoos tend to be more powdery. This product did not work for me and I will not repurchase.

For those of you wanting to try a dry shampoo I would recommend either Klorane or Batiste as they both work quite well. Klorane is available at Sephora and Batiste is available at Sally Beauty Supply. If you use dry shampoo, leave a comment telling me what brand you use.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Mac Venomous Villains Collection

Today I picked up my pre-sale items from the much anticipated Mac Venomous Villains Collection! The collection officially launched yesterday, September 30th and is expected to sell out very quickly. The Venomous Villains collection is rather large, containing four separate collections by villain: Cruella de Vil, Evil Queen, Maleficent, and Dr. Facilier.

I purchased five items from this collection, most of them being from the Evil Queen Collection:

Briar Rose Beauty Powder (Maleficent)
Oh So Fair Beauty Powder (Evil Queen)
Bite Of An Apple Blush (Evil Queen)
Innocence Beware! Lipstick (Cruella de Vil)
Sinister Lipstick (Evil Queen)

Above: Primary Packaging
Below: Product Color

On to the Product Reviews:

  • Briar Rose is a cool-toned pink with a hint of violet. It is super pretty on the cheeks and I think it will work great with a darker lip. It reminds me of Azalea Blossom Ombre from the spring color forecast collection.
  • Oh So Fair is a soft, clean pink with a slight sheen. It is very subtle on, but it will work well as a blush since I have fair skin.
  • Bite Of An Apple is a brightened coral-pink blush with a matte finish. Although it looks very bright in the pan, it can be sheered out to give a light flush. It is kind of similar to my MAC Hipness Blush from to the beach, but the packaging was too cute to pass up.
  • Innocence Beware! is a pretty nude color with a pink undertone. It is close to the colors Creme de Nude and Hue from the Mac permanent line. It is nothing special, I just like nude lipsticks.
  • Sinister is a soft brown lipstick with a plum shimmer. It is a lustre finish, so the color is sheer on the lips. I have nothing similar to this lipstick and it is a good fall color.
Swatches Below:

All in all, this collection is pretty good. There are a lot of bold, fun colors like Toxic Tale, Violetta, the mineralized eye shadows, etc. Although I thought about purchasing those items, I tried to pick things that I would actually use on a regular basis.