Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Fashion Haul!

If you're lost on this year's spring fashion, check out my haul below for inspiration or just to see what I got to (finally) prepare for spring weather! :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Lip Color Picks!

With spring just around the corner, I thought I would share with you the lip colors that I know I'll be wearing a lot during the spring and summer! These vary from Maybelline to YSL, so there's something to cover everyone's price point! These vary from pastel pinks to oranges, so there's a great color range as well.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Update: Project Pan (Products I'm Trying to Use Up)

If you've been following my blog for a couple of months, you might remember this post: Makeup Products That I'm Almost Finished With. It was a post that showed all the products that I want to use up before I started buying new products. In this post, I'm just going to update you on what products I've finished and what products I still have left.

P.S. I did cheat a little bit and buy new products. My goal is to stop going overboard and to buy things that I know I'll use. I only did that, so I'm not really worried about it.

The first product on my list was the Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten Powder in the color Fair. I completely used this product up in January and it was in my Product Empties video that I will link at the bottom of this post. I really liked this product for setting my under eye concealer. I have dry skin, so I don't typically set  my foundation with a powder so I'm not sure how it performed in that aspect. If I could find another small size of the product like I had here, I would repurchase it. The full size is huge and highly impractical for a product that's going to set your under eye area.

The next product was the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder. I was extremely close to finishing this product and then I dropped it and it shattered. I tried to re-press it with a modified version of a technique that I saw on pinterest, the blog post going through that process is linked here. I ended up with a chalky mess, so I deemed this product finished. Like I mentioned above, I don't really set my foundation with powders, so I think I'm going to use up some samples of loose powders that I have before I go buy a setting powder. I wasn't overly thrilled with this powder so I don't know if I will go for this one again, or buy a new one.

The third product in my products to use up was the Urban Decay Primer Potion in the Original shade. I've had this particular tube for about 3 or 4 years. I depotted it using the microwave technique, which you can google if you're interested, and that's why it lasted so long. I had about a year's worth of product from what I depotted when the bottle seemed empty. I would definitely repurchase this product again. I just opened a brand new Laura Mercier Eye Basics eye primer, so I won't be repurchasing until that's empty.

Next is the Revlon Photoready concealer. I haven't really used this since I posted the original project pan post because it's too dark to use as concealer and it's still too light to contour with. I'll go through this pretty quickly once I start to tan because it's the only concealer that I have in a shade that matches me when I'm tan. I really enjoy this concealer. If I had a little bit more problem areas on my face, I would purchase this in  a lighter shade, as it's a heavier concealer. It's also good for the under eyes, so in the summer I use it as my all purpose concealer. In the winter, I feel like my skin needs brightening, so I like to use a highlighting concealer in the winter months. I'll definitely keep repurchasing this as my all purpose summer concealer though.

The next product is the MAC Dazzleglass in the color Bare Necessity. I've used a pretty good amount of this since I first posted about the project pan. I still have about 15-20% left of the product, so I'm going to keep using this until it runs out. When it is empty, I will definitely be repurchasing this because I love the color, the glitter, and the smell. I don't really mind the consistency of MAC lipglosses, even though a lot of people complain about them being sticky.

Next is the Maybelline Mastershape Brow Pencil. Since the original post, I've used up the product so that it's  sharpened down right to where the word master ends. It's starting to get a little too small to fit into a pencil sharpener, so I think I have about 3 or 4 more sharpens left before it gets too small. I really enjoy this product. I like the waxy consistency that it has because it's more of a multipurpose product that way. It doubles as a gel and a brow color in one. I also like it because it's very natural looking. I think I'll keep the little spooly on the end after it's finished to use with other products. After this is finished, I'm going to start using up my Benefit Brow Zings. I don't enjoy the Benefit as much as the Maybelline, so after I'm finished with the Benefit, I'll probably go back to the Maybelline Mastershape.

Next is the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer. I used to really love this concealer, but now that I don't have acne and my under eye circles are under control, I find this is a little too much coverage for me. I haven't been reaching for this product very much at all lately. I barely touched it from the time of the original post. I might try to use it as a brightening concealer when I get a little bit more of a tan and try to sheer it out with moisturizer because I don't want to throw it away and I don't want it sitting around forever. Once this is finished, I won't go out of my way to hunt this product down because I'm in the USA and don't have easy access to it since it's a UK brand. It was fun to try though!

The final product is the Maybelline Masterprecise Liquid Eyeliner. I honestly don't know how I feel about this product because I had such a love-hate relationship with it. I like how it is in pen form, instead of the inkwell type liquid eyeliners. But I don't like the tip of the pen. I found that the very tip was too flimsy and none of the liquid went into the tip. This made it very difficult to do winged eyeliner. Currently I'm using the Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner and I much prefer the Maybelline to that. The Urban Decay is the ink well type. I'm finding lately that I don't really enjoy liquid eyeliner in general and I think I'm going to stick to Gel for a while.

Here's my product empties video that will tell you about other products that I used up and more about these products!

Monday, March 18, 2013

L'oreal Color Caresse Shine Stain - Pink Rebellion Swatches

This product in general has a pretty sheer color payoff. The lighter, more nude shades don't do a whole lot for me. The color of my lips doesn't change a whole lot from before I had the product on, to after. So I decided to pick up one of the more vibrant shades to see how the payoff was for that.

I picked up Pink Rebellion because in the packaging, it looked like a hot pink with a little bit of pastel in it. I love hot pink lips, so I decided to try it out.

Here is a comparison of what the color looks like in the packaging and what it looks like on my lips:

As you can see, the color is a little darker and less pastel looking than it is in the tube. The color of your natural lips really affects how these show up on your lips because they are so sheer. Even if you put concealer over your lips, this still shows up a little bit darker than it does in the tube. As you keep building this color up, it only gets darker.

If you don't mind the color showing up slightly darker than it looks in the tube, these are excellent products. The stain part of them really is a stain. If you drink or eat, the only part that goes away is the shine. The color stays completely fine. If you like the shine, you'll need to reapply.

Overall, I really like these products, I would purchase more, but the rest of the colors don't really appeal to me a lot, so I think I'll stick to the three that I have.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Matte Smokey Eyes

I was looking through my makeup the other day and decided that I wanted to do a completely matte look, so that's what I did for you! This look uses a combination of drugstore and high end products for the perfect look. There are plenty of alternatives to these shades from many different brands!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

St Patricks Day Nails!

I know that it's a little early for St Patricks Day inspired things, but I wanted to get this post up before St Patricks Day!

-the base color for this nail look is Essie - Mojito Madness
-the glitter is Milani - Teal
-the color for the clover is Revlon's Nail fantasy in the color Groovy Green

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Room Tour - Dorm Room!

Room Tours are pretty highly requested and popular on youtube so I decided to do a tour of my dorm room. I live in a more suit/apartment style dorms so it's a lot nicer than a typical dorm room. I didn't do a whole lot with it, but I made it my own style and to my own liking!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pinterest Test: Restoring Broken Makeup Items

If you're a pinterest addict like I am, you may have seen this picture from Lauren Conrad's beauty blog:

You're probably wondering if it actually works, so I tested out an eyeshadow and a face powder that I recently cracked.

The face powder that I tried was the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder and the eyeshadow that I tried was from NYX and I believe the shade is Vanilla Sky.

First I mashed up the powder as the picture suggests. The pieces don't have to be super tiny, just make sure there aren't any huge chunks because this will make the next step easier.

For the next step, adding the alcohol, I used rubbing alcohol and added just enough so that it turns into a paste consistency. If it's too wet it will take a really long time to dry.

For the next step, I smoothed out the powder with the back of a pair of tweezers. This doesn't have to be perfect because there's another necessary step after this that the picture tutorial above doesn't show.

I didn't take any pictures of this, but after the powder/rubbing alcohol mixture is dry to the touch, you want to take something that fits right inside the compact and put a piece of fabric in between the powder and whatever you're choosing to press it with. You want to press down on the powder to make sure that it doesn't crumble back up. If you don't do this pressing step, the powder will dry in little pieces and the whole process will have been a waste.

Results: After a couple of days, the Maybelline Powder fell apart but the NYX eyeshadow stayed pressed. I read somewhere that this whole process doesn't work for matte products (products without shimmer). I'm not sure why this happens.

This process did change the consistency of the products to a little bit of a wetter formula. Not quite a cream, not quite a powder. It's like the new L'oreal Infallible shadows.