Friday, November 30, 2012

Styling Skull Scarves

I absolutely love dressing edgy and accessorizing my outfits with edgy accessories. I've been getting questions about how to style skull scarves. I just got my skull scarf today and this is how I would style it. I actually have these blue shoes (from shoedazzle.com) and almost everyone has a leather jacket and black jeans.



My MAC Makeup Collection

MAC is such a popular makeup brand because it's pretty inexpensive for a higher end makeup brand. Because it's so popular, I thought that a lot of people would be interested in seeing what products I have from MAC and what I think about them. My MAC collection isn't super large because I don't personally think that MAC is as amazing as most people think. I don't have any blushes, foundations, concealers, eyeliners, mascaras, or bronzers from MAC. I believe that I just have lip gloss, lipstick and eyeliner. Here's a quick overview of it:


 This is the mineralized eyeshadow in Tectonic. It's a mix of light and dark olives, some gold and a little bit of brown. Below is it swatched on the back of my hand.
 This is Greensmoke eyeshadow. This eyeshadow is a lustre formula. It's a dark, smoky green with gold glitters. Below is a swatch of the color. It's not super pigmented, so I probably won't purchase it when I run out, but I have a cream eyeshadow that's the exact same color, so I like using this color to set that.

This is the Mega Metal Shadow in the color Dalliance. This is a super light sliver-y green. I love this color for an inner corner highlight for my green smoky eyes. Below is the color swatched.

 This a little bit of the Green Olive Pigment. I LOVE this color. As you can tell, I really love greens with a hint of gold in them. This color is amazing when it's used wet.

 This is the pigment in the color Violet. I rarely ever use this color anymore. It has a little bit of a blue reflect. I usually use this to add a pop of color to a neutral eye.

 This is the Cremesheen glass in the color On The Scene. I'm pretty sure this color was limited edition, but I can't remember. It's just a light, peachy pink.

 This is the Viva Glam Gaga Lipglass.
I don't think that this is online anymore, but some MAC stores might still have it. It's a blue based pink with no visible shimmers or glitters in it.

 This is the Dazzleglass in the color Bare Necessity. It's a nude tan color with pink sparkles. I wear this almost every time that I wear lipgloss. I'll definitely repurchase it when I run out, because I'm so close to running out.

 This is the Kissable Lipcolour in the color Woo Me. This was a limited edition color from last winter. It's a mauvey nude color. It's basically a little bit more brown than my natural lip color. It's not really kiss-proof in my opinion.





 This is the Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick. It's a light pink that has a cool tint. It's not bright enough to really be a statement lipstick.
 This is Fix+. It's supposed to be a setting spray, but I usually use it to wet (foil) pigments, or to apply my Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeliner. It's not super practical in my opinion.
 This is Handwritten Eyeshadow. It's a matte squared formula. It's a dark brown with a red tint.
 This is Carbon eyshadow. It's a matte formula. The sparkles that you can see in the picture are just fall out from other shadows. It's a super dark black.
 This is Swell Baby eyeshadow from the Surf Baby collection. I'm not sure what formula this is, but I would think that it's a satin. It's a light grey with bluish shimmers.
 This is Jardin Aires Pigment pressed. I had the individual pigment, but I found that I never used it, so I swapped it. It's a melon-nude color. It has pretty significantly sized glitters in it.















 This is the Mineralized Skinfinish in the color Soft and Gentle. It's a champagne color with a sheen.

 Here's swatches of the shadows and MSF above. From left to right the order is Soft and Gentle, Jardin Aires, Swell Baby, Carbon, Handwritten and Humid.

 This is Naked Pigment. It's a light neutral color with very minimal shimmer.









































This is the Mineralized eyeshadow in the color Play on Plums. I think this is from this years Holiday collection but I received in in a swap, so I'm not sure.

 This is the Sheen Supreme Lipstick in the color Tea Ceremony.


















 And finally, this is the Paint Pot in the Color Painterly, it's almost the exact same color as my skin tone, so it's good for covering my veins that show on my eyelid.



















Thursday, November 29, 2012

Makeup Products That I'm Almost Finished With.

Typically, among the youtube beauty community, this is called a "Project Pan". I'm not going to call mine that because the word pan, to me, implies that I'm just trying to hit the pan of the product. With this, I'm trying to completely finish up these products before I buy new products. I have 8 products and I'm going to talk about if I want to repurchase the product or not.

The first product and probably the one that I'm the closest to finishing is the Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten in the color fair. This is just a sample size, the full size is a huge face powder. I liked this product for setting my under eye concealer because it does have that brightening effect. I'm not sure if I'll be purchasing the full size because it's such a giant product for just using it to set my under eye area. It is a great product though. It's taken me about a year to get this far in the product. Because it's a mineral powder, it did have dome shape to it, which is now completely flat.

The next product is also a face powder. This is the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in the color Beige. I really like using this product in the summer to set my foundation. It also works pretty good as a powder foundation. It gives very nice coverage. I don't think that I'll be repurchasing this right away after I finish this. I might try to see what else is out there and then go back to this if I can't find anything better. It is a great powder, especially for being from the drugstore. It's taken me almost a year and a half to get this far in the product, because I only use it in the summer.

The next product is a depotted Urban Decay Primer Potion. Depotted means that I just took it out of the original container. I've had this product for almost 3 years and I depotted it a year ago. When I depotted it, this jar was completely full. So you can tell that this product lasts a LONG time. I use this product almost every day to prime my eyeshadow. I would definitely repurchase this product again. I won't be repurchasing it right away though because I still have a MAC paint pot and a Laura Mercier Eye Basics Primer in my stash to use up first.

 My fourth product that I'm trying to use up is the Revlon Photoready Concealer in the color Medium. I'm so close to finishing this that it's not even funny. I can't use it until the summer though because it's too dark for me. This summer will be the third year that I've had this concealer and I'm really hoping to use it up. I absolutely love this concealer for the summer months. I don't think that I would purchase it in a lighter color because it can be kind of drying. It's great for the summer and it's great for covering blemishes, redness, and under eye circles. I'll definitely keep repurchasing this for the summer though.
 
 The fifth product that I'm close to using up is this MAC Dazzleglass in Bare Necessity. I really love this Dazzleglass because it's not as sticky as some of the other Dazzleglasses are. I love this because I mostly wear nude or pink lipstick and it goes great over those colors. I love the extra pop that it gives my lips. It's also very long wearing. I'll definitely be repurchasing this Dazzleglass once I run out because I use it almost every day. I've had this for almost a year and I went through it pretty quickly for as little as I wear lipstick and lipgloss.

Next, is the Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil. This is in the color Dark. I love using this to fill in my eyebrows because it's kind of waxy so it helps to hold them in place. I've also had this for over a year and I reach for this more often than my Benefit Brow Kit. I'll definitely be repurchasing this after I start using my Benefit kit more, because I don't like to let my products go to waste. 

 This product is the Collection 2000 (UK) Lasting Perfection Concealer in the color Light 2. I'm actually extremely sad that this is almost finished because I can't buy this product in the states. It's the perfect concealer because it's hydrating and luminous, without being glittery or shiny. It works for covering any problem area and is AMAZING for under eye circles. If I can get my hands on this concealer, I'll definitely repurchase it over and over again.

And last, but not least, is the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner. I've had this for a couple months and I'm not very impressed with it. It has a small tip, but the ink doesn't come out of the end of the tip, so there's not really any point in the tip being so small. Whenever I use this, I end up with a much thicker line than I intended. It's highly unlikely that I'll ever buy this eyeliner again.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Super Easy DIY Christmas Tree Nails!

I always love getting into the holiday spirit by having Christmas themed nails! I did a Christmas tree and now I'm going to give you a step by step on how I did it!


Step 1: Apply a clear base coat. I personally like using Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Hardener.

 Step 2: Apply a light nude coat on your nails. I used Ciate's Cookies and Cream #058

Step 3: Using a Nail Dotter (a really cheap pack of 5 can be purchased on Amazon.com), mix a light green and a dark green together to get the effect of the dimensions in the tree. I think this looks better than a flat green color. Then just start at the top and make a triangle. Make little swipes under the triangle until you get to the bottom to get the effect of the branches.

 Step 4: For the star, I just took another, small nail dotter and a gold sequin polish. One by one, I took a sequin and placed it on top of the tree with the nail dotter. I think I put about 7 on to make it look proportional.

 Step 5: I took a glitter nail polish that has gold, red, and green glitters in it. The color that I used was OPI's Bring on the Bling. I again took a nail dotter to make the french tips. I thought that it looked too plain without the french tips.

 Step 6: I thought the tree looked a little bare, so using a nail dotter, I just put little red dots all over to make it look like there's ornaments on the tree.

Finally, add a top coat (I like Sephora by OPI's top coat) and you're done! I'm really happy with how this turned out!

I'll definitely be posting more holiday nail tutorials so comment below if you have any requests!