How to Make Blue Eyes Pop – Copper Eye Shadow

Meet my beautiful friend, Lisa. She asked me to do her makeup, for a wedding she was attending and I gladly accepted. Since Lisa has blue eyes, visions of a smokey eye using shades of copper quickly filled my mind. Because orange is the complimentary color of blue, I knew this would make her blue eyes really pop. For this reason, I love using complimentary colors of eye shadow on various eye colors, the look never disappoints.

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Copper shadows and smoked out black liner make Lisa’s blue eyes really stand out. I finished the look with a nude pink liquid lipstick (Rimmel’s Dare to Pink – reviewed in an earlier post)  and neutral toned blush, to keep her beautiful eyes as the focus of the look.

 

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I used two shades of copper eye shadow (Colour Pop Sequin and Game Face) and deepened the look with warm toned, dark brown shadows (Urban Decay Snakebite and Twice Baked) in the outer V and blended into the crease. I then blended these eye shadows out using a transition shade (Urban Decay Buck). For an inner eye highlight I used Craze by Urban Decay. I then added a black cream eyeliner (Clinique 02 True Black) for definition. For a softer, sexier look, I smudged out the liner with a black eye shadow (Urban Decay Blackout) and added 2 coats of mascara to upper and lower lashes (Urban Decay Perversion).

 

Some of my favorite copper toned eye shadows, left to right:  wet n wild left-side "eyelid" shade from the Comfort Zone palette, Urban Decay Chopper, L.A. Colors  copper color in the Sunflower Trio, Colour Pop Sequin, Colour Pop Game Face, and Urban Decay Sonic

Some of my favorite copper toned eye shadows, left to right: wet n wild left-side “eyelid” shade from the Comfort Zone palette, Urban Decay Chopper, L.A. Colors copper color in the Sunflower Trio, Colour Pop Sequin, Colour Pop Game Face, and Urban Decay Sonic

A big thank you to Lisa, for appearing in my blog :)

Beauty Hack – What To Do With All Your Unused Lipsticks

If you are anything like me, you love a good lipstick…or 20. But, what happens when you purchase what you think will be that “perfect” shade of nude, pink, coral, or red only to apply it and wonder, “When did I join the circus?” You toss it away in a drawer. Great, more money down the drain. Until a couple of years ago, this was the story of my life. I realized how big my problem was while organizing my makeup and saw all my tubes of unused lipstick. The colors were lovely, they just didn’t look lovely on my lips.

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Some of my lipstick castoffs, from left to right, NYX Pure Nude, NYX Watermelon, wet n wild 370S Lolly Popstar, Revlon Matte 003 Mauve it Over (this is also beautiful on the lips), NYX Chic, NYX Narcissus (my most used color for “blush”), and Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense 36

 

I had wanted to add some cream blushes to my makeup collection and figured before I invested in any, I would try and use my discarded lipsticks as cream blushes.  Through some trial and error, I have figured out how to apply the lipstick to my face and achieve the results I want. Needless to say, I have not purchased any cream blushes. My lipstick castoffs are all I need.

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Blush application: Before powdering my face, I apply the desired shade of lipstick straight from the bullet, making small dots from the apple of my cheek back to my ear. To make my blush appear more believable, I also put dots on the center of my forehead just below my hairline.

 

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The size of your lipstick dots will be dependent upon how intense you want your blush to be. For a natural flush I use 6-7 small dots on each cheek.

 

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I always use a stipple brush to blend the product. For a natural look I use the elf small stipple blush (what I used here). When I want a more intense blush look I use my Real Technique’s stipple brush.

 

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For a more dewy look, as shown here,  I leave the lipstick blended as is, without powdering over it (this method will fade quicker, but it is beautiful, especially on people who have dry skin). I usually powder my entire face and then if I want a more bold look and extra staying power I go over my cream blush with a powder blush in a similar color (I prefer this method since I have oily skin). Some people might wonder if using lipstick on your face will cause breakouts, I have not had any problems with this. And this is coming from someone who has very problematic skin.

 

Essence Lipsticks – Bargain or Bust?

essence lipsticks: 07 Natural Beauty, 11 Nude Love and 12 Sparkling Miracle (left to right)

essence lipsticks: 07 Natural Beauty, 12 Sparkling Miracle, and  Nude Love  (left to right)

Let’s be real, when you see a lipstick with a $2.99 price tag (full price – not on sale) you might think to yourself, “that lipstick is probably total crap, I don’t want to put that anywhere near my lips.” Well, the lipsticks by essence will quickly have you changing your tune.

Swatches:  12 Sparkling Miracle (top), 07 Natural Beauty, (middle) 11 Nude Love (bottom)

Swatches: 12 Sparkling Miracle (top), 07 Natural Beauty (middle), 11 Nude Love (bottom)

Initially, I only bought one lipstick (again, at the time, I didn’t want to waste my money on crap). It was 12 Sparkling Miracle (could have given it a better name), a beautiful shimmery magenta-ish purple. Needless to say, from the first swipe, I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased with this product. I later ended up purchasing two more colors from essence’s Longlasting line of lipsticks: 07 Natural Beauty, a pink your lips but better shade and 11 Nude Love, a beautiful pale peach toned nude. All the lipsticks are creamy, well pigmented, non-drying, and last for a good length of time. I would compare their formula to my NARS lipsticks,which I also love.

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11 Nude Love – No lip liner used, you can easily apply one for more lip definition and added depth.

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07 Natural Beauty – No lip liner used.

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12 Sparkling Miracle – No lip liner used. I applied a more sheer application here, can easily build color to be more intense.

 

 

Pros:

  • Price
  • Smooth and even application
  • Creamy texture
  • Shimmer formula is non-gritty in texture
  • Staying Power
  • Longlasting formula isn’t drying

Cons:

  • essence brand only available at Ulta or Ulta.com
  • Unlike other drugstore lipstick lines, color selection is sparse

Bottom Line:

I love, love, love these lipsticks and could not recommend them more. The Nude Love shade is quickly becoming my most used nude lipstick. These are a definite must in your makeup collection. In the future, I will definitely be picking up some more colors.

 

Products Used: 

No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base, Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous in 115 Buff Beige, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light and 20 Sand, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, Urban Decay blush in Fetish, Urban Decay Highlighter in Craze, Sephora bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Chanel Aqualumieres Water Palette used two bronze colors in far left side of palette, Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon, Ulta eye shadow in Sable, Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow in On the Rocks, NYX Prismatic shadow in Punk Heart, Urban Decay eye shadow in Sellout, L.A. Girl endless & semi-permanent auto eyeliner in Very Black, Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in 02 True Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash and Lucky, Urban Decay Perversion mascara, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black, Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown, Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette and Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Night Out St.Patrick’s Day Makeup Look

I wanted to create a fun, green smokey eye makeup look anyone could rock for St.Patrick’s Day (or, really any time). Below, are the steps I took to achieve this smokey eye.

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Green smokey eye with neutral blush and nude lips.

Step One:

First, I applied my eye primer, from upper lash line to eyebrow and along my lower lash line. Next, I added a warm light brown shade above my crease and blended to create a transition shade between the vivid green eyeshadows and the much lighter brow highlight, I was going to be using.

First, I applied my eye primer, from upper lash line to eyebrow and along my lower lash line.  For an eyeshadow base, I added a white eye pencil (using a white base will make my eyeshadow colors pop) to my upper mobile lid, inner corner of my eye and lower lashline. I then blended this out with my finger. Next, I added a warm light brown shade above my crease and blended to create a transition shade between the vivid green eyeshadows and the much lighter brow highlight, I was going to be using.

I added a light green shimmery green eyeshadow all over my upper eyelid to just above the crease and all along my lower lash line. i blened the green into the warm brown eyeshadow so there would be no harsh lines between the two colors.

I added a light green shimmery green eyeshadow all over my upper eyelid to just above the crease and all along my lower lash line. I blended the green into the warm brown eyeshadow so there would be no harsh lines between the two colors.  I also filled my eyebrows in with a warm, medium brown eye pencil. Please excuse the color variance in these first step photos, I forgot to turn on my flash :(

Step Two:

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To create some depth to the look, I added a shimmery mid-tone green to my outer V and outer third of my lower lash line.

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I then blended the shadow into my crease (roughly halfway in). I also blended the shadow along my lower lashline.

Step Three:

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To add more vibrancy to the look, I added a shimmery bright green to the center of my lid.

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I then added a deep, dark green to the very outer corner of the upper eyelid and blended lightly, as to not spread the color too far. I did not add this color to my lower lashline.

Step Four:

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I applied a black liquid liner to my upper lashline, making the line thicker on the outer edge. Next, I added a shimmery, metallic teal shimmery eye pencil to my lower waterline.

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I then added a combination of very light toned eyeshadows to my inner eye and brow bone for a nice highlight.

Step Five:

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I finished up with adding lots of mascara to my upper lashes…i forgot to add mascara to my lower lashes…woops. But, if I was recreating this look, I would definitely add it. As a final step to my eyebrows, I shaped them using a medium brown eyebrow pomade and followed with an eyebrow gel.

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For an added playful feel, I added gold glitter to my inner eye area.

Final Look:

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To keep my eyes as the main focus of this look, I added a mixture of matte blushes in a cool, dusty pink shade and a terracotta shade. I added a warm, champagne highlight to my upper cheekbones, above the apples of my cheeks and alonf the bridge of my nose and above my cupid’s bow. I then lined my lips with a nude lip liner and topped it off with a matte nude lipstick.

 

Products Used:

On Face: No7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base (used as my face primer), NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream in Light to Medium (mixed these two products together to create my base), Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #25 (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural (used to set my base and control oil), Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheeks and nose), wet n wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in To Reflect (used as highlight), Marvin Westmore blush in Mocha and Cocoa

On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Clear

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (used from upper lash line to brow and on lower lash line), NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (used for an eye shadow base on upper eyelid, inner corner and lower lashline), Ulta eyeshadow in Sable (used as transition color above crease), Sephora light green eyeshadow and light colored eyeshadows, no names provided, from a holiday palette (used all over mobile eyelid,lower lashline, inner eye, and brow highlight), Urban Decay eyshadow in Damaged (applied in outer V and outer lower lash), Urban Decay eyeshadow in Homegrown (applied to center eyelid), Urban Decay Poison (applied to very outer of upper eyelid), Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof in Black (used to tightline upper lashline), Loreal Lineur Intense in Black Mica (used to line upper lashline), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Junkie (used to line lower waterline), Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy (used in inner eye area), Urban Decay Perversion mascara and Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black

On Lips: No7 Line & Define Lip Pencil in 20 Nude (used to line and fill in lips) and essence lipstick in 11 Nude Love (review on lipstick in future post)

 

Rimmel Provocalips 16 Hour Kiss Proof Lip Colour Review

Rimmel Provocalips in  110 Dare to Pink (top) and 310 Little Minx (bottom)

Rimmel Provocalips in 110 Dare to Pink (top) and 310 Little Minx (bottom)

 

With the recent rise in popularity of long-wearing liquid lipsticks, many drugstore brands are jumping on board with their versions. The formula I was most interested in trying were these, the Provocalips by Rimmel London. Unlike the Anastasia liquid lipsticks, I reviewed previously, these are a two step formula. First, apply the highly pigmented lip colour and let it set up on the lips, then follow up with a clear “Lock & Shine” gloss. The Provocalips line comes in 10 shades ranging from a lighter neutrals (Skinny Dipping, Pucker Up) to gorgeous reds (Kiss Me You Fool, Heart Breaker).

 

Provocalips have a double sided wand. One side supplies the color, while the other locks the color in and adds hydration and shine.

Provocalips have a double sided wand. One side supplies the color, while the other locks the color in and adds hydration and shine.

 

One immediate problem I faced, when wanting to purchase this product, was finding it in stores. It was nearly impossible. If I did locate a display, the colors had entirely been picked over and the only one or two tubes that remained had already been opened. I decided to take a gamble and order my colors, sight unseen, online at Ulta. I chose Dare to Pink, which I thought would be a cool toned, icy pink and Little Minx a bright fuschia with blue undertones. The Little Minx ended up being spot on what I hoped it would be, unfortunately, while pretty, the Dare to Pink ended up being more of a warm peachy pink shade (very similar on the lips to Anastasia Pure Hollywood).

 

Swatches of Dare to Pink (left) and Little Minx (right)

Swatches of Dare to Pink (left) and Little Minx (right)

 

Both lip colors last an extremely long time, although, I think the 16 hour claim is a bit of a stretch. I am able to eat and drink and have the Lip Colour stay amazingly in place (while wearing Little Minx, I did notice a little wear in my very inner lip area after eating some pizza). After applying Step 1 (Intense Colour) of the product my lips felt tight and somewhat dry, this feeling does go away after applying Step 2 (Lock & Shine), the Step 2 needed to be reapplied throughout the day to keep the tight feeling from resurfacing. The fragrance in this product is quite bothersome to me, especially the Lock and Shine, it has a cloying bathroom cleaner mixed with floral scent that seeps into your mouth when wearing it. I definitely would not recommend eating soon after applying this step.

 

Dare to Pink

Dare to Pink – A perfect every day nude lip color.

 

The doe foot applicator makes for easy application and disperses just the right amount of product. When wearing the darker shades (see below), the applicator can be turned on it’s side to line the lips with product.

 

Little Minx - The perfect bright fuschia for spring and summer.

Little Minx – The perfect bright fuschia for spring and summer (this color is much more vibrant in person).

 

Pros:

  • Very long lasting lip product.
  • If you don’t like a matte lip look, gloss provides a beautiful satin finish.
  • 10 shades to choose from, with a wide variety of colors.
  • Affordable at only $7.99 each.

Cons:

  • Lock & Shine’s yucky smell and taste.
  • Requires a 2 step application process.
  • Some might consider product too long lasting.
  • Hard to remove from lips (especially Little Minx), must use oil based makeup remover and scrub a lot.
  • Very hard to find in stores.

Bottom Line:

If you can get past the Step 2 fragrance, I think these are an excellent product and would definitely recommend them. In the near future, I plan on picking up one of the red shades to add to my collection. Hopefully, by then, they will be more easily accessible in stores. Happy Kissing XX

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Review, Swatches and Photos

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks in their beautiful packaging.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks in their beautiful packaging.

 

Let’s just say I wanted these all over my lips, from the minute I was introduced to them on Anastasia’s Instagram feed. All 20 shades are beautiful, and range from pale nudes (Milkshake, Pure Hollywood) to full-on vamp (Sad Girl, Potion) But, at $20 a pop, I knew I would have to limit myself to only two. I immediately knew one of those colors would be Pure Hollywood (luckily I was able to snag it before it was on back order)…the other shade I debated on, but finally decided on Sad Girl, since lately I have been loving rocking a dark lip.

The fine tip of the wand helps make for easy application and even disbursement of product.

The fine tip of the wand helps make for easy application and even disbursement of product.

These are touted as having a full coverage matte color, being highly pigmented, long wearing and easy to apply. I would say for the most part all these claims are true. More so, in my case, with the Pure Hollywood shade. It lasted me through an entire work day, which is saying a lot because I drink a ton of tea and water throughout the day (it did transfer a bit onto the rim of my cup). Sad Girl lasts an extremely long time too, however, I found out the hard way that if you eat any sort of greasy food, this lipstick will smear like no other (nothing sexier than having dark red lipstick smeared all over your chin :( ) For a long wearing lipstick, these are extremely comfortable on the lips and I haven’t noticed them drying my lips out in the slightest (even after wearing Pure Hollywood for three days in a row).

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On Left: Pure Hollywood On Right: Sad Girl

 

Another thing I love about these lipsticks is you don’t need to use a lip liner. It is very easy to line you lips using the sponge tip applicator because of it’s sleek design. However, an added bonus that I have found with Pure Hollywood, is that it is easily transformed by using a lip liner. If I want a more pinky nude, I fill my entire lip in with a pink lip liner (I have been using Ulta Contour Lip Liner in Rose) and for a peachy nude I have been filling in my lip with a nude lip liner with peach undertones (I have been using NYX retractable lip liner in Nude).

Me wearing Pure Hollywood (I have no lip liner on).

Me wearing Pure Hollywood (I have no lip liner on).

 

Me "vamping" it up in Sad  Girl (again, I am not wearing lip liner).

Me “vamping” it up in Sad Girl (again, I am not wearing lip liner).

 

Pros:

  • Does not transfer to your teeth (I have never found a dark lip product that does not do this).
  • Long-wearing and non-drying formula.
  • One step application, unlike other long-wearing formulas.
  • Beautiful packaging, makes you feel posh when you use it.
  • No weird scents.
  • Excellent color selection.

Cons:

  • Must be careful while eating.
  • Not exactly inexpensive, but for the quality, the price seems reasonable.
  • Only available at AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com and Macy’s

Bottom Line:

I would definitely recommend trying out this line of liquid lipsticks. There is a color for everyone! I plan on picking up more in the future. Also, an added bonus, if you sign up for Anastasia’s newsletter you get 10% off your first order and there is free shipping once you spend $30.

 

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Review

Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara in 00 Blackest Black ($7.99 at drugstores)

Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara in 00 Blackest Black ($7.99 at drugstores)

There have been so many recent launches of new mascaras in the drug store lately, and being the mascara junkie that I am, I have wanted to try them all. However, I have contained my urges to purchase any of them until now. This one intrigued me more than most, I don’t know, maybe it was the cute metallic pink packaging that pushed me over the edge. Being a Maybelline mascara definitely worked in it’s purchasing favor. Of all drugstore brands, Maybelline mascaras are a definite favorite of mine. I have seen many reviews of this mascara, both before and after purchasing this product, and most reviewers really loved this mascara. I however, am not in this camp.

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I was very disappointed in the results of this mascara. I will give it credit for its lengthening properties, although this mascara was not advertised as a lengthening mascara, but a volumizing mascara. From the package, “Introducing LASH SENSATIONAL: our unique, open-fan brush and fresh-liquid formula capture and volumize lashes from root to tip.” This mascara did not provide volume to my lashes, I would attribute this to the fan brush on the wand. It separates lashes and fans them out giving a more fluttery appearance. The wand also makes it very difficult to apply the mascara on the lower lashes (I never have issues applying mascara to my lower lashes), it applies way too much product making lashes clumpy and spidery looking.

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Close up of the open-fan brush.

 

I ended up giving this mascara to my little sister, since we usually have differing tastes in what we like in a mascara. Needless to say, she hated it. To quote her, “I have never had a mascara make my lashes look worse after applying mascara than before I applied mascara.” Guess, this mascara will be heading to the mascara graveyard.

 

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Lashes before mascara application.

 

Lashes with first coat of mascara on top lashes. No mascara on lower lashes.

Lashes with first coat of mascara on top lashes. No mascara on lower lashes.

 

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara on top lashes and 1 coat on lower lashes.

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara on top lashes and 1 coat on lower lashes.

 

Pros:

  • Lengthening formula
  • Long Lasting
  • Relatively inexpensive drugstore mascara

Cons:

  • Did not provide any volume to my lashes.
  • Made my lashes feel crispy not soft.
  • Not suitable for lower lashes.
  • Some people may find the mascara wand awkward to use.
  • Hard to remove, I had to use an oil based makeup remover to remove all the product from my eyes.

Bottom Line:

I would only recommend this mascara to those of you only looking for a lengthening mascara. Still, there are much better lengthening mascaras to be found in the drugstore e.g. L’Oreal Telescopic and Maybelline Define-A-Lash.

Valentine’s Day Look #2 – Pink Shimmery Eye with Red Matte Lip

Light Shimmery Eye and Bold Red Lip Look

Light Shimmery Eye and Bold Red Lip Look

 

For my second Valentine’s Day look, I wanted the focus to be on my lips. I decided to go with a strong red lip paired with a pink, shimmery eye. I chose a matte formula liquid lipstick (for the staying power), since most likely your Valentine’s Day plans will involve drinking and/or eating and hopefully lots of kissing. Sadly, this lippie did not even come close to my expectations (I will have a full review on this line of products in a future post). Here is a step by step tutorial of how I did my pink, shimmery eye.

 

Step One:

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I started by priming my entire upper eye area and lower lash line, with a matte, tinted eye primer. I chose this primer to cover any discoloration on my eyelids since I would be using light colors on my eyes. Then from my upper lash line to crease I applied a matte white eye shadow pencil to act as a base and really make the eye shadows I was going to use pop.

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I also added a translucent face powder from my crease to my eyebrow, which helps the powder eye shadows blend better (I do not do this step if I am working with creme shadows).

Step Two:

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Next, I added a soft cool pink eye shadow to my crease. Then I blended it out and up, to create a transition shade for all of my eye shadows.

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I added a sparkly off-white eye shadow over the white base on my eyelids. I went over this with a shimmery, pale pink loose pigment, and blended this into my transition shade.

Step Three:

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I used a bright fuschia eye shadow with a satin finish formula in my crease to add more depth and definition.

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I made sure to blend this color really well with with a fluffy blending brush, using wind shield wiper motions (back and forth).

Step Four:

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I then wet a flat shader brush and dipped it into my loose pigment, that I had used in step 2. I applied this to my eyelids, to make them really sparkle, as well as, cover some of the fuschia shadow that had gotten on my eyelid during the blending process. I blended only the edges of this shadow, as to not disrupt it’s intensity and sparkle. I tightlined my upper lash line with a black pencil eye liner, before adding a black liquid liner to my upper lash line. To lift and open up my eyes, I added a small wing at the end. To give the illusion of bigger eyes, I lined my lower waterline with a shimmery, white eye pencil. I then used the same sparkly, off-white shadow to highlight my inner eye area and a matte white shade with a hint of pink undertones to highlight my brow bone. I finished up by adding 2 coats of mascara (one coat thickening, one coat lengthening) to my upper lashes and one coat of mascara to my lower lashes.

 

 

Products Used:

On Face: Lancome La Base Pro  makeup primer, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + foundation in shade 30 (I wanted a full coverage foundation, since any red on my face would be magnified by wearing a red lip), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light (to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose) and 20 Sand (to cover blemishes and any redness not covered by my foundation), NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used under eyes to counteract any purple tones), Rimmel Stay Matte face powder in 001 Transparent (used all over my face, to combat oiliness), Sephora bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour nose), e.l.f. blush in Pink Passion, Jane shimmer powder in 5 Plutonium (used for cheek highlight)

On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eye pencil in dark brown and Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in medium brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Rimmel Stay Matte face powder in 001 Transparent (used over eye are to make primer less tacky and blend eye shadows), NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (used as an eye shadow base), Urban Decay X-Rated eye shadow (used as transition shade), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (used on eyelid and inner eye), Urban Decay eye shadow in Junkshow (used in crease), Jane shimmer powder in 5 Plutonium (used over Bobby Dazzle), Urban Decay eye shadow in Tainted (use along lower lash line), Lancome Color Design eye shadow in Daylight (used as brow highlight), Jordan Glitter Rocks Retractable eye liner in Black (used to tightline my upper lash line), L’oreal Liner Intense liquid eyeliner in Black Mica (upper lash line), Tarina Tarantino eye liner in Crystal Gun (in lower waterline),YSL Shocking mascara (for length), Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara  in Excessive Black(for volume)

On Lips: Dior Lipliner Pencil in Holiday Red (lined and colored in entire lips), NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo (used all over lips)

 

Valentine’s Day Look #1 – Smokey Eye with Pink Lip

 

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The first Valentine’s Day look I wanted to share with you, is this brown smokey eye, paired with a rosy cheek and pink glossy lip. Here are the step by step instructions I used, to achieve my smokey eyes:

Step One:

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First, I primed my eyelids and lower lash line with an eye primer. I also added a champagne cream shadow pencil to my eye lids as an eye shadow base, to help my eye shadow last longer.

I also added a matte neutral brown eyeshadow  to the crease and blended upward, to create a nice transition for all my eye shadows.

I also added a matte neutral brown eyeshadow to the crease and blended upward, to create a nice transition for all my eye shadows.

Step Two:

Next, I added a shimmery, light brown eye shadow to my entire eyelids and lower lash lines.

Next, I added a shimmery, light brown eye shadow from my lash line to my crease and lower lash line.

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I made sure to blend this color with the transition color, I had placed in my crease.

Step Three:

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Then, I followed with a medium brown shimmery eye shadow which I placed in my outer V of my eye and blended it out, bringing some of the color into the crease.

I also brought this medium brown eye shadow along the outer half of my lower lash line. I made sure to blend so there would be a smooth transition from one color to the next

I also brought this medium brown eye shadow along the outer half of my lower lash line. I made sure to blend so there would be a smooth transition from one color to the next.

Step Four:

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To add even more definition to my eyes, I added a satin finish, very dark brown eye shadow to the very outer corner of my eye in a small diamond shape. Then, I tightlined my upper and lower waterline. I also added a matte black shadow over the liner in my water line to add depth and longevity.

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I also lined my upper lash line with a smudgeable black eyeliner and smoked it out with some matter black eye shadow (same shadow I used in my waterline), I then added a shimmery cream color eye shadow to my inner eye area to open up my eyes.

Step Five:

Add lots and lots of mascara to top and bottom lashes.

Add lots and lots of mascara to top and bottom lashes.

 

To finish my look I added a shimmery rosy pink blush to my cheeks. I highlighted my cheekbones with a champagne gold highlighter. Lined and filled in my lips with a pink lip liner, added a cool toned pink lipstick and added a creamy pink gloss to the center of my lips.

 

Products Used:

On face: Tarte Clean Slate face primer, Loreal True Match foundation in W3, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #20 (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour cheeks and nose), Urban Decay highlighter in Craze (cheekbones and bridge of nose), Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush in Pink
 
On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown
 
On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (used from upper lash line to brow and on lower lash line), Wet and Wild Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in Pixie (used for an eye shadow base on upper eyelid), Ulta eye shadow in Sable (used as transition color in and above crease), Bare Minerals Ready eye shadow in Cognac (used on entire eyelid and along lower lash line), Urban Decay eye shadow in Ambush (used in outer V and blended into crease), Urban Decay eye shadow in M.I.A. (used in very outer corner of eye and outer quarter of lower lash line to add depth and definition), Sephora Collection eye shadow in No. 65 Lazy Afternoon – White Beige Matte (used to highlight brow bone), Wet and Wild Walking on Eggshells Palette, light shimmery cream color (used to highlight inner eye area, Jordan Glitter Rocks Retractable eye liner in Black (used to tight line my upper lash line), Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last eye liner in Black Point (used to line my lower waterline), Urban Decay eye shadow in Blackout (went over Black Point in waterline for extra staying power), and Sephora Nano eye liner in Midnight Black (used to line upper lashline), Urban Decay Perversion mascara (added to my top and bottom lashes)
 
On Lips: Ulta Contour Lip Liner in Rose (used to line and color in my lips), NARS Roman Holiday lipstick and NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair (added to the center of my lips)

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara Review

 

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Where do I begin about my obsession for mascara… Let’s just say I have been on a quest for my perfect mascara for YEARS! I have tried everything from the super inexpensive $2.99 Jordana Best Lash Extreme, (which everyone raves about, I however, found nothing special about it) to the very pricey $32.00 Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara, (impressive, but not $32.00 impressive). Enter Perversion mascara from Urban Decay. In case you haven’t noticed, or don’t know, Urban Decay is my favorite brand of makeup. However, I have never been a fan of any of their mascaras, that I have tried. But with the tag line, “BIGGER, BLACKER, BADDER”, I knew I had to give this mascara a try.

Luckily, I was able to score a free mini sample with one of my Sephora purchases, so if it sucked, I wouldn’t be throwing away $22.00 (the price for the 0.4 oz tube). Fortunately, it didn’t suck. This mascara is awesome! It is by far the closest thing I have found to my “perfect” mascara. Not only does it lengthen my lashes beautifully, it adds the needed volume that I crave. Previously, for me, the only way I have been able to create this effect is the layering of 2 if not 3 different mascaras. I have also received the best mascara compliment ever,while wearing this mascara: “Are you wearing false lashes?” Nope, I owe these fluttery babies to my Urban Decay Perversion mascara.

Bare lashes, no mascara or primer.

Bare lashes, no mascara or primer.

One coat of Urban Decay Perversion mascara. I did not curl my lashes before application.

One coat of Urban Decay Perversion mascara. I did not curl my lashes before application.

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara. Have I mentioned how much I love this mascara?!!!

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara. Have I mentioned how much I love this mascara?!!!

Pros:

  • Lengthens and Thickens lashes
  • Buildable formula with minimal clumping, even when using multiple coats.
  • Lashes are very dark, a true black mascara due to use of triple-black pigments.
  •  Curls lashes without having to use a lash curler.
  • Mascara is easy to remove.
  • No loss of lashes, Urban Decay also says some of the ingredients are known to stimulate lash growth and add nourishment to the hair follicles.

Cons:

  • Does on the rare occasion smudge on my brow bone (most likely due to my gross oily skin).

Bottom Line:

I highly, highly, highly recommend this mascara! It is bigger, blacker, badder :)