Monday, December 31, 2012

Navy Smoky Eye (Good For New Years Eve)

If you couldn't tell by now, when I do a smoky eye, I usually don't do a neutral colored one. This is my go to blue smoky eye. Because blues are so hard to work with and can make you look like you're stuck in the 80's, I recommend using a navy blue. I used to do this look all the time last year, but I kind of forgot about it until now. If you're seeing this before NYE, this can be a great look that isn't super dramatic.

I used Urban Decay's 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow palette, which was Limited Edition. If you got your hands on this palette and are wondering how to use the center row of shadows, the colorful ones, this is a great tutorial.

If you don't have UD's palette, I also do this look with two L'oreal infallable shadows, the navy blue (I forget what it's called, sorry)! And Iced Latte.

Here are some more pictures of the look!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

L'oreal Color Caresse Shine Stains Swatches and Review

Yesterday I posted about drugstore spring 2013 collections. I said that I haven't seen the new L'oreal stains that are supposed to be similar to the YSL Glossy Stains, but, I HAD to have them, so I went hunting for them. I found them at one of the bigger Rite-Aids in my town. I personally haven't splurged on a glossy stain yet because I was interested in one of the more neutral colors, because I rarely wear statement lip colors. YSL and L'oreal are owned by the same company, so I thought I would try the less expensive version before I spent $34 on something that I didn't love.

I wanted to try some of the hot pink colors, but when I opened the product and swatched it on my hand, the colors definitely weren't going to work with my skin tone. I did like the burgundy/oxblood color, but I already have a lipstick the same exact color from Covergirl. I wasn't 100% sold on the darker colors, but I'll have to take another look. For now, I got two neutral colors.

The first color that I was attracted to was Lilac Ever After. It looks like it has a purple tint in the tube, but it didn't come off in the swatch or on my lips. This color has some glitters in it, which you can see below. I was a little disappointed because this is almost the exact same color as my actual lip color. It just adds a little bit of shine.

The second color that I decided to pick up was Pink Resistance. This color is a little more of a coral than what comes off in the tube.

Overall these are extremely comfortable to wear and they definitely stain your lips. I could only get these of with a makeup remover wipe. I also had to do each lip color on different days because the one that I did first lasted long enough to change the color of the second one. If you put your lips on something, the color doesn't come off, but the shine does. They're not drying at all.  I didn't have a chance to test the wear of the product but I can tell that they aren't going anywhere any time soon.

I definitely recommend checking these out, although I would go for the more vibrant and daring colors rather than the neutral colors. I think I'll go back and take another look at the colors and hopefully purchase some more!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Products at the Drugstore.

Recently I've been hearing about a lot of new drugstore makeup launches and I decided to try to find as many new things as I can and put it in this blog post! I'm going to tell you where I've personally seen these products as well, so that you can find them easier!

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and Powder
Seen at Rite Aid

Here is emilynoel83's review on the product:

Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm
Seen at Rite Aid and CVS
They have a lot more shades than just what's shown in the picture.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal Shadows
Seen at Target
I personally picked up the lightest shade, second from the right.

Maybelline The Rocket Mascara
seen at CVS

Maybelline Color Whisper Lipsticks
seen at CVS
They have tons more colors than just what's shown in this picture

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipsticks
Seen at Target
I personally picked up the Coral shade called Shocking Coral.

L'oreal Color Riche Eyeshadows.
Seen at CVS

L'oreal Color Caresse Shine Stain
Not seen yet.

I'm searching for these EVERYWHERE. They're supposed to be comparable to the YSL glossy stain.

These drugstore brands are really stepping up their game. I'm so excited about most of these new products, although I'm definitely going to hold back on buying some of the products because I don't exactly need any more makeup and I'm trying to finish up some things before I buy more.

Because Not Everyone Can Wear Tons of Glitter on NYE

Personally, where I'm going for a New Years Eve party, wearing a glitter dress or skirt would make me look extremely overdressed to the point where I would feel so awkward. Usually I don't mind being overdressed, but I would look overdressed even in a dress without glitter on it. Because glitter is the go-to fashion statement for NYE, I decided to show you more wearable ways of adding glitter to your NYE outfit.

These looks go from extremely casual, to semi-dressy, to semi-formal, so there should be something for everyone!

I filmed this video at the same time that I filmed my green smoky eye, so I haven't gotten the hang of talking to a camera and everything else, which is why I'm still extremely awkward on camera, so please bear with me until I figure everything out.

Here's another look at the pictures from the last outfit in the video:

Friday, December 28, 2012

My Go-To (Green) Smoky Eye

As you may know by now, I LOVE green eyeshadow. Green is super flattering for brown eyes so I love making them pop as much as I can! If I ever need a dark smoky eye, I always go for this one. I rarely wear a brown or taupe smoky eye because I love this so much more. This is how I do my green smoky eye almost every time that I do it, and greens can be tricky to work with, so I thought I'd show you how I do it!

This video comes from my youtube channel - girlythings411. I'm just getting started, so bear with me until I perfect everything! I thought that video tutorials would  be so much easier than doing tutorials by pictures.

This can be a great new years eve look as well!

P.S. I sound like an awkward weirdo because 1) I am 2) talking to a camera is just strange.

Here are some more pictures of the look:

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Get Ready With Me!

I absolutely love watching this type of video on youtube so I thought I would do one like this for my blog!

Subscribe to my youtube channel, although, I'm not sure how many videos I'll be making! - girlythings411.

I hope you enjoy! xoxo

Friday, December 21, 2012

Green Eyeshadow Tutoral - Great for the Holidays!

A classic look for this time of the year is red lipstick. But if you want to incorporate some green into your festive looks, I'm going to show you my more subtle version of a green smokey eye. This can be great for the day time or the night time! It can also look very pretty on New Years Eve because of the glitter in the look! Green eyeshadow is great for people with brown eyes, but it can be tricky to apply if you're not familiar with colored eyeshadows! I'm going to do this tutorial by pictures because I've tried doing tutorials on youtube before and I sound super awkward haha.

Disclaimer: yes, I know I need to pluck my eyebrows, but oh well, I didn't.

Everyone loves a good before and after comparison, so here's the before, with no makeup!

Step 1: Start with your foundation. I chose the Skin 79 BB Cream from Japan. This is a great alternative to foundation because it's supposed to have ingredients that help your skin and don't clog your pores. This only comes in one shade, so if you're fair skinned, check this out! You can get it on amazon!

Step 2: Apply concealer where needed. I'm using the NARS stick concealer. It's perfect because it works great under your eyes and on any blemishes!

Step 3: Apply an eyeshadow primer to make your eyeshadow last all night and prevent it from creasing. I'm using the MAC Paint Pot in the color Painterly. I like this because it also acts as a concealer for any discoloration on your eyelids.

Step 4: Eyeshadow. Apply MAC's Dalliance eyeshadow all over your eyelid and as an inner corner highlight. This is a shimmery light green color

This is what it should look like after this point.

Step 5: Apply a blending color to your crease. This will help the crease color blend easier. I'm using Taupe by NYX. Use a color that's one or two shades darker than your skin tone, because we don't want it too be too obvious.

Step 6: Apply a medium green with slight teal undertones to your crease. I'm using the L'oreal Infallible eyeshadow in the color Golden Sage.

This is what your eyeshadow should look like at this point!

Step 7: Apply an olive green eyeliner to your lower lashline. I used Urban Decay's 24/7 Liner in the color Stash. The picture that I took was blurry, but you get the concept of an olive green eyeliner.

Step 8: Apply a dark olive green shadow on top of the eyeliner that we applied to the lower lash line. I used MAC's Greensmoke eyeshadow.

This is what your eyes should look like after step 8!

Step 9: Apply a highlight underneath your eyebrow. I used Foxy from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Wet n Wild Creme Brulee is also a good drugstore alternative to this shade.

Step 10: Apply bronzer to your temples, under your cheekbones, and on your chin. Bring the bronzer down onto your neck so that the color isn't a drastic change from your face to your neck. I'm using Rimmel's bronzer in the color Sun Light.

Step 11: Use a liquid liner to make an extremely thin line on your upper lash line. I used Maybelline's Master Precise liquid eyeliner.

Here's a look at how thin your eyeliner should be!

Step 12: Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. I used NARS's Deep Throat blush. Try to use a peach/nude blush to compliment the green tones on your eyes. Then blend the blush with the brush that you used for your bronzer to blend the look.

Step 13: This step is optional. Apply a gold glitter liquid eyeliner to the inner corners of your lower lash line. I used NYX's glitter liner in the color Crystal Champagne.

Here's a look at where I applied the glitter eyeliner.

Step 14: Apply mascara. I used Lancome's Hypnose Star mascara.

Step 15: Last, but not least, apply a nude lipstick. I used YSL's #1 Rouge Volupte. It's nude with a slight pink undertone!

And here's the final look, or the "after!" I hope you get a chance to try this!

Happy holidays! xoxo