Sunday, June 14, 2009
It was just today that I woke up and discovered a large and loud hive nestled in the left corner of my lips. I am not allergic to much. Heck, my skin won't break out unless I use Studio Finish Concealer! I've always trusted my skin to stay smooth and beautiful and...well....a hive is quite a shock. Yesterday I decided to, for the first time, test out doing full facial looks (eyes and lips only, actually. I have no skin products from them) from NYX. I used their lip liners, round lip sticks, lip glosses, jumbo eyeshadow pencils, eyeshadow trios, eye liners....you name it, I used it. My sudden drugstore kick has suddenly made me oblivious, however, because I forgot that some cosmetics can make people with allergies erupt in hives or rashes. I went to sleep last night with metallic-y Baby Pink Lipstick still sitting on my lips and a particularly bad eye look with gold eyeshadow pencil and some neutral trio. When I woke up, I had the HUGE hive on my lip and a small one developing near the outer corner of my right eye. Some might argue, "WELL YOU DONT KNOW IF NYX WAS THE REASON!!" but you must understand that I am not allergic to ANYTHING! I might give NYX another chance in a couple of weeks, but for now, my friends can dig through there and pick what they want to have! I am so done with NYX.
Posted by Lyla at 12:07 AM
Saturday, June 13, 2009
From Ulta online this Monday I ordered some Urban Decay shadows and was super-dee-duper excited to receive them because they were perfect summer colors. I tracked them and everything, anticipating the little white envelope padded in bubble wrap to show up on Monday. But no. Tonight (Saturday) at 11:00, I checked the tracking and it has arrived. It arrived at 11:00 THIS MORNING. My mailbox is so so so far away too.......my every fear is that someone will steal it because it is common in my area for people to rummage through your mailbox. We don't have much crime, but the old credit card numbers stealers are out there and they've probably taken my envelope and kept it to make a little money. NOOOOOOO. What about my free samples?
Posted by Lyla at 11:25 PM
In preparation for the Friends And Family Sale on the 16th, I went to my local MAC counter at Nordstrom to check out some items I was considering purchasing. From the moment I walked up to the counter, I could tell that the woman who was working there had attitude...and a bad one at that. She was chatting with some guy who clearly was not going to be buying any makeup (why would he?) and a woman of about 60 was trying to get her attention to buy lipstick. "Excuse me," the old lady said. "Is there any way that I can swatch one of these lipsticks?" The young employee turned to her angrily and snapped, "WAIT YOUR TURN!!" I might be young and irrelevant, but I went up to oldie and showed her how I swatch lipsticks when I visit that counter usually. The usual employee lets me swatch the testers on my hand as long as I wipe the tops off with a tissue when I was done. The snobby employee turned and said, "HEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING? I WILL HELP HER WHEN I'M DONE HERE!" I continued swatching the lipsticks for the woman as the employee's conversation with the man hit the 20 minute mark. She found the perfect lipstick and gave me FIVE DOLLARS just for helping her out!! The employee was gracious enough to ring the woman up.
I wanted to swatch a blush desperately. That was my whole purpose: to swatch peachykeen. As the conversation hit the half hour, I could tell the guy was getting antsy and had to leave so I tried to bud in to make an opening for his "GOTTA GO!" Instead, the employee told me how much of a burden I was and asked me to leave. Don't get me wrong: I love going to MAC counters and talking with the people. It was just this ONE woman who really pissed me off and I will never go back there ever again.
Posted by Lyla at 3:26 PM
Friday, June 12, 2009
Lately Ive been particularly interested in bargain hunting. With my friends' increasing interest in makeup and their need for my guidance, I find that most of them complain when I show them MAC or Urban Decay products because they are too expensive and hardly ever have sales. So Ive been shopping drugstore products and looking for great items at the cheapest price possible. Lash Blast by Covergirl is a fan favorite so I went to Ulta online to check it out.
-Originally 8 Dollars
-Cut down to 7 dollars
-Buy 1 get 1 half off (I got original in black and waterproof in very black)
-My cart had 10.5 dollars in it. Guess what? A purchase over 10 dollars gets 3.5 dollars off.
-With my two large tubes of mascara for a mere 7 bucks, I also selected 3 free samples
AMAZING!! When they got here I was so excited. The brush is large, but causes for no clumps and it is pretty easy to work with once you get the hang of it. It adds some length and a little volume, which is actually better than most other drugstore mascaras. I like the waterproof better for some reason.......For a deal like that, it is a MUST HAVE!! (PS. Im enjoying my samples as well!)
Another sweet deal I got was from my local CVS drugstore which has a small stack of cardboard cubbyholes which stash their tiny selection of NYX products. I was interested in a couple of their lip pencils (2 bucks each. Couldn't resist). With four in hand, I walked up to the register and the guy said, "Oh these are on sale. Buy 2 get 2 free." I walked outta there with 4 quality lip pencils for a mere 4 dollars. $$Cha-Ching$$ I've used one of them in Rose for a nice pinkish red lip and thought that it really got the job done.
If you're looking for deals, Ulta's your place. Although I like online shopping, going to the store is excellent because you know exactly what you're going to get and there seem to be endless deals on everything. I get great deals there all the time and I have one that is pretty local. CCO (Cosmetic Company Outlet) is fantastic as well, but the nearest one to me is two hours away. I'm not planning on paying 20 extra dollars on gas for 5 dollars off an item, but if it's just on my way somewhere, I ALWAYS stop by!
Posted by Lyla at 2:46 PM
THE MAC 187: THE ULTIMATE BRUSH
I'm going to start from the very beginning....when it first arrived in the mail.......
Arrival and First Impressions: There it was, the brush that caused so much hype. Sitting in my hands. I was 42 dollars poorer, but one brush richer. Would it be worth it? When I slid it out of its little plastic sleeve, I was so disappointed. The Youtube videos made it look so big and fluffy.....but it was so thin and somber. And, of course, it smelled like a goat sty (do those exist?) because all MAC brushes do before you clean them. All disappointments aside, I decided to keep it and deep cleaned it before ever touching it to my face. After the cleaning, I was pleasantly surprised. It was the same size that it looked on Youtube and didn't smell like it had been rolled in mud. Overall, good first impressions. :D
Uses: There are many uses for the 187 which is the main reason I call it the ultimate brush (the 182 kabuki is also pretty 'ultimate', however...). I use my 182 for msf NATURAL, but the 187 for all of my other msfs. It really distributes the product nicely and can be used with a light or heavy hand to make a dramatic or natural look. It can apply pretty much anything, actually. Including liquid foundation but I really have never needed liquid foundation (shock, I know!!) I seriously just have clear skin that doesn't need a strong, thorough coverage foundation. Just something light (which doesn't ever appear in the liquid form). So, I've never taken the plunge and tried this with liquid, but I've heard that you can get great results.
Cleanings: I clean this brush with all of my other brushes which is once every one or two weeks (depending on how much makeup I used. More in winter, less in summer). However, when the white tips get dirtied by a dark product (perhaps something like Gold Deposit MSF?) and then I want to use a light product (something like Soft and Gentle MSF?) then I will clean it by itself. It doesn't take long if you're not doing a deep cleaning and it dries quickly. Plus, I love a nice clean brush!
Technique: This is called the "stippling" brush. In art, stippling is where you take a small brush or Q-tip and dot paint on in little tiny dots to create a large picture completely comprised out of those tiny dots. This is the technique used with the 187. You pick up the product them dot it on, don't sweep it. However, after dotting and distributing, you CAN use it to blend if you must. It gives a light, but really nice coverage no matter what technique you use.
Brush Shape: This brush was made with the classic dense black bristles, but also longer white bristles which are more dispersed and spread out. In basic terms, this brush is not very dense and that is why, if you're looking for heavy coverage with powders, I would not recommend this (182 is what I would recommend).
Conclusion: To conclude, this brush was SOOOO worth 42 dollars. It has given me an endless amount of options for my makeup and lasts so long. I reach for it often and it has a unique look to it. I LOVE MY 187.
Posted by Lyla at 12:06 AM
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I usually am drawn to products that are recommended (as most people are). One night I was at my friend's house and she pulled a whole drawer out of her vanity to show me her new NYX haul. She had purchased 40 things from cherry culture dot com. 40! I was stunned because first of all, I didn't know what NYX was and thought it was some sort of expensive brand. I was under the impression that she had spent over a thousand dollars on this stuff. Secondly, she is such a MAC/NARS addict that a full drawer in her vanity dedicated to this NYX stuff meant a lot. She started digging through it, displaying her wide variety of glosses, lip pencils, eyeshadows, blushes, and more. Then she brought out the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils. In all honest truth, they look a little cheap. I mean, if you compare them to MAC Shadesticks, the packaging is a little pathetic. Then she started swatching them and I realized how beautiful they were and said, "I HAVE TO HAVE THEM! HOW MUCH DO THEY COST???" She said smugly, "3 dollars and 50 cents". My jaw dropped. No wonder the packaging looked cheap.
So, of course, I went home and ordered them. I ordered milk, gold, lemon, strawberry milk, black bean, pot and pans, and a couple others (I didn't name ones that didnt really stand out to me...). When I got the box, I was so excited! I ripped it open and tossed all of the pencils onto my bed, then organized them in a rainbow sort of formation because that's just how I like to organize stuff. Before reviewing colors, let me just say that these things crease like mad if you use them as bases. CREASE LIKE MAD!! I swatched them all on my arm and here's what I have to say:
Milk: It's a stark white. White. White. White. It'd be nice to put under eyeshadows in order to really make eyeshadow colors pop. The consistency is noticeably more chalky than the other ones and (I've been asked this a lot) YOU CANNOT USE IT AS A HIGHLIGHTER. It is seriously just bright white and that won't look good up on your browbone.
Gold: Gold's a very pretty color. I love gold/brown/bronze eyes so this color was right up my alley. I put painterly paint pot on and put this on top of it makes a great start for a gorgeous eye. It's smooth and shimmery.
Lemon: I don't know what genius thought to call this color lemon. If I was naming this color after a fruit, I'd say lime. It's a green color and it more....like....translucent than the other colors. I really like it though. I have green eyes with a hint of brown and Lemon really makes that green POP!!
Strawberry Milk: This is the perfect baby pink. It's creamy, opaque, and is a good base color for a girly pink eye.
Black Bean: This is the perfect name for this color. Black. Just as Milk is white, Black Bean is black. A good base color for a DARK and dramatic smokey eye.
Pots and Pans: Pots and Pans is silver and shimmery. It's hard to find a nice shimmery silver and this really gets the job done.
The application process can be simple or difficult. Since I like to take the easy route, I simply gather some of this creamy product onto my finger and dab it onto my eye (over a base! Remember, these are creasy on their own!). A little goes a long way and these are very vibrant.
People often want to know if these can be depotted. Yes they can using a heating process, but the pencil form is actually really cute and workable. I'm sticking with the pencil and not hassling with all that depotting.
Posted by Lyla at 11:41 PM
MAC Dazzleglasses (Above)
Euristocrat II Dazzleglasses (Above)
Some people love 'em. Some people hate 'em. Either way, Dazzleglasses get a lot of hype.
Consistency: Sticky sticky!!
Application: My favorite part about it is the brush rather than the doe foot applicator. It makes the gloss go on smoothly.
Appearance: Most are sparkly and highly pigmented.
Quality: They last a long time and, although sticky, they are nice quality.
Packaging: The brush (mentioned above) is fantastic. The tube is taller and slimmer than a lipglass tube, but there is MUCH less product in the tube. You make quite a dent after very few uses.
Price: It's 18 bucks a tube. You got to really love this product to get a tube of barely any product. The price, to me, is atrocious.
My Favorite Colors and Why: Baby Sparks is perfect for everyday. It's a cute girlish pink color with multicolored sparkles. I wear it the most!! Love Alert is really pretty for at night. It's a fairly opaque cherry color that is flirtatious and lasts long. Funtabulous is absolutely gorgeous! It's a purple fuchsia with light purple flecks in it. it really looks good on everyone.
Review: In my opinion, they ARE sticky but I do love them. I have many of the colors besides Goldyrocks which I REALLY want. They last a long time and I barely have to reapply. Most of them are pretty opaque and shimmery. My only complaint is the price.
Upcoming Dazzleglasses: Here is the list of upcoming dazzleglasses from the Euristocrat II collection:
Date Night Soft blue purple with pearl
Euro Beat Peach coral with gold pearl
Internationalist Yellow pink with blue pearl
Local Colour Neutral yellow pink with gold pearl
Roman Holiday Medium brown coral with pink pearl
Rue d’Rouge Light red with pink pearl
Via Veneto Light violet with blue pearl
Posted by Lyla at 7:07 PM
Promo Picture (Above)
THESE ARE NOT MY PICTURES!
I am so excited about this collection! For months I have been obsessed with MAC and its minerals. Their mineral products are baked, no pressed, and therefore contain no binders. They don't clog up my pores and every single one of their mineral products just makes my skin have a natural glow. The eyeshadows are disappointing because they are not very pigmented (compared to normal eyeshadows), but apply them wet and they really shine. I want almost everything from this collection besides the lipglasses which look like the Sugarsweet trio glasses just all mixed together. I'll have to test them out before considering buying them.
Here are the details:
Posted by Lyla at 5:59 PM
NARS Orgasm Multiple
NARS is famous for high quality products with names that make you 'blush' (literally). The multiples that they make are lovely! I bought the multiple in Orgasm which I find is better than the famous Orgasm powder blush. The texture is smooth and velvety. I apply it directly to the apples of my cheeks by streaking on a couple light layers, then blend it with my MAC 187. I have been using this multiple everyday for the last couple weeks and just LOVE it. It's pretty expensive: 37 dollars!! I think it's worth it as long as I finish it before it expires. I've gotten a lot of use out of it and get many many compliments. I completely recommend this product (btw, it looks sort of small in the pictures. It's a pretty thick tube in reality).
Posted by Lyla at 5:44 PM
MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl
I only have one cream color base. I admit it. I do, however, want some more, but there are no colors that I really want. I purchased "Pearl" because a good friend used it in the inner corner of her eyes and it really made her eyes pop. The name, Cream Color Base, does make you think that it'd be a very good eyeshadow base. I've only used it as an eyeshadow base once and it was just so disappointing. if you're looking for an eyeshadow base, don't get these. Get a paint pot or paint if you want MAC, better yet get Urban Decay Primer Potion from Urban Decay. The cream color bases crease like crazy!! They are nice for the first hour and really bring out pigmentations of eyeshadows. Then it just goes all wrong..................
Here is a list of pros and cons:
-Not for all skin tones
-Greasy liquid gathers on the top of it
-Melts in hot weather
-Beautiful highlighter in the corners of eyes, along the bridge of your nose, and other places
-Creamy and easy to apply
-Can be applied with fingers
-Shimmery and beautiful
The third con needs a little bit of explanation. I purchased this online which was such a mistake. After all the transportation it had melted a little and I didn't feel like the consistency ever went back to what it was in the first place. If I don't use Pearl for awhile, I open it and find a few droplets of water sitting on the top and some condensation. This is understandable for a cream product, but a little bothersome to wipe up.
Overall, I really enjoy this product. I use it mostly in winter because I get very tan during summer. It wakes you up in winter when everyone else looks tired and dull.
Posted by Lyla at 5:28 PM
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Bare Escentuals Warmth Bronzer
My two favorite bronzers are from NARS and Bare Escentuals. Laguna Bronzer is, of course, loved by all, and Warmth is so natural and lovely! I highly recommend both.
NARS Laguna: I bought NARS Laguna Bronzer because everyone was raving about it. It costs 30 dollars and at the time, I really did not want to dish out 30 bucks for a bronzer. However, I really do not regret my decision! It is so pretty! Allthatglitters21 from youtube (a makeup guru) recommended that you apply this blush with a 134 and she was right! The width of the 134 is just about the same width as the bronzer and picks up the perfect amount of product in a couple of sweeps. I use a light hand with bronzers and this makes my skin look naturally healthier and darker.
Bare Escentuals Warmth: This is my favorite bronzer. I don't own anything from Bare Escentuals besides this bronzer, a brush, and an eyeliner. I have bought five containers of the 18 dollar jar and will always repurchase. In the summer, all I have to do is put on a primer or moisturizer, then this bronzer over the top of it. That's it! I look so glowy and sunkissed. It's my go-to summer facial routine and only takes a couple seconds. I apply it with the brush that I got with it from Bare Escentuals: the All Over Face Brush. I do the "3 and E" process and then sweep a little over the bridge of my nose. It looks like I just went out and tanned on the beach even if I was just sitting on the couch eating chips.
Posted by Lyla at 5:12 PM
MAC Melon Pigment (Above)
MAC Vanilla Pigment (Above)
My two favorite MAC Pigments are Melon and Vanilla. Both are versatile and GUH-ORGEOUS
Vanilla: Vanilla is one of the most popular of ALL MAC pigments. It is so versatile. I use it as a highlighter for my brow bone mostly. But it's really great for anything. All sorts of skin tones can use it, too! I have a friend who has medium-dark skin and this is her favorite pigment. She blends it in a lot and gives her that glowing skin that all of use strive for. Although it's a pale white in the jar, it has a lightish tan color on the skin. The jar lasts forever (yah yah you've heard it all before!) I would definitely recommend this to everyone.
Melon: Oh Melon. This was my first pigment and I can't help but love it. It is a light shimmery pinkish tannish bronze. It's so beautiful on the eyes. I had a little spillage with this pigment and it was a hot mess to clean up. There's a spot on my carpet that still shimmers a little. Impossible to clean up. Such a burden. The best thing MAC could do for there pigments is put a sifter on top. If you're going to dish out 20 bucks for one jar, you don't want a quarter of it to be permanently adhered to your carpet. >:P
Posted by Lyla at 4:56 PM
Such beautiful blushes. All of them. I've had these for awhile (the colors I purchased were Moon River, Earth to Earth, and Love Rock) and although shimmery, they sure are pretty. They are a little smaller than normal powder blushes, but have that nice dome shape to them.
Moon River is a very sheer pink color, but it is one of the most popular in the entire collection. In the above picture (going top to bottom, left to right), Moon River is the fourth one. That picture doesn't EXACTLY show the way Moon River looks. The pink side (without the mixture) is more of a light salmon pink, but comes off very baby pink on the apples of my cheeks. EXTREME SHIMMER. The other half has veins of light lavender, golden yellow, and mostly baby pink. It's pretty, but a little silvery. A nice highlighter.
Earth to Earth gives a natural bronze glow. It is the third one in the above picture with deep purple veining in the melange side. I really don't like the purple and try to dodge it with my brush when I want to use the melange side. It is a very plummy purple and makes your cheeks look a little bruised if you use too much. The plain side is a rich bronze and is lovely, giving off just the right amount of shimmer.
Love Rock is pink. HAH. Very pink. Hot hot hot pink. It is the sixth in the picture above and is SO much pinker than that. If you want bubblegum pink cheeks, this'll do it for you. I apply a light amount of this to the apples of my cheeks and it really does look nice. I use it the least out of the three that I bought because it is overpowering, but it's a unique, sparkly pink that is hard to resist.
Posted by Lyla at 4:35 PM
Oh, Mac Studio Finish Concealer.....what can I say? I really did like it at first. It comes in a container pretty much identical to a MAC eyeshadow container. I got NC20 because I was told to get a LIGHT colored concealer (huge mistake. Make it just a tad tad tad bit lighter, not really light). The texture: Creamy. The application: Smooth. Can be applied and dabbed in with fingers which is always nice. Coverage: Very nice, full coverage. However, as summer approaches I've noticed that it melts in the heat and clogs pores like a cork causing for awful breakouts. My forehead is all broken out which forces me to use MORE. It's a never ending cycle which I really hate. I went out and bought 200 dollars worth of Lush skin products and Neutrogena exfoliators just so I could clear it all up. Now that I think about it, I should've just bought a new concealer.........As well, in it's pan when exposed to heat, it turns liquid-y and when the temperature goes back down the consistency turns to a thick putty. I won't ever be buying this again. I used to barely need any coverage and after using this, I need really full coverage. So disappointing to me. Some people are such big fans, but I'm confused to why.
Posted by Lyla at 4:24 PM
Gold Deposit (Above Left) So Ceylon is on the right, but it's in a shadow....
Petticoat MSF (above)
Refined MSF (Above)
MAC MSF's (Mineralized Skinfinishes) are extremely famous in the makeup world. The process of making an MSF is long and difficult, involving 24 to 48 hours of baking and no binders to hold the product together (they use binders in products such as their Studio Fix Powder. This causes my skin to break out). MAC's MSFs (and most of their mineralized products) are my favorites from MAC. I own a variety: some of which I like and some of which I don't like. Here is a list of the ones I own:
-Soft and Gentle
Sure, it's only 6 but I'll certainly be getting a hefty haul from the upcoming Color Craft collection (released on July 9 in the States). It has about six new mineralized skinfinishes and I'll be all over them!!
On to the review: when applied with a 182 or 187, these powders can deliver some startling and positive results.
Refined, from the Sugarsweet collection, gives a peachy glow to my NC35 skin tone. It has very little shimmer and, although stunning in its pan, I find myself rarely EVER reaching for it. Something about the Sugarsweet MSFs was very beautiful (probably the "melange" or mixture of different colors). However, the product was a little deceiving in the pan. It'd give it a 6.5 out of 10.
Perfect Topping, another from Sugarsweet, in more on the light pink side. Also lacking in glitter (a good thing!), it's very subtle. However, just like Refined, my hand very rarely reaches for it. I'd give it a 6 out of 10 because it is pretty nice and is gorgeous in the pan.
Gold Deposit is STUNNING. Honestly it sticks out most in my collection. It is a rich bronze gold color will extreme shimmer. It is seriously terrifying and someone pale like me might turn away from this automatically. However, I apply it as a bronze (of course) VERY LIGHTLY and it gives me such a healthy glow. The downside? It's on the shimmery side which defines pores. It is a great summer color, though and also can be used on the eyelids for a nice bronze. I'd give it a 7.5 out of 10 because it might not be fantastic for really pale girls and is too shimmery.
Soft and Gentle was such a big hit that I had to get it!! Much to my disappointment, it turned out like a hot mess on my face. It's too silvery and light and trust me, I'm really pale as is. Any imperfection or bump on my face was highlighted by the silver shimmer. I thought it'd be pretty for summer and give me a healthy glow, but it really looks fake and just sits on my face...I'd give it a 5 out of 10 because it is pretty in the pan and might make for a good body shimmer?
I acquired Petticoat from a friend who really didn't like it. I was hesitant at first to use it because my friend has skin similar to mine and has a great taste in makeup. If she hated it, what would make it any different for me? IT IS SO PRETTY. The perfect blush. Perfect. Its a pinkish reddish whitish (great description, I know) and is just so gorgeous on me. It is a little shimmery, but makes many skin tones look so nice. I don't know how it would look on dark, dark skin, though. 27 dollars for a blush may seem like a horrible price, but I REALLY like it. It is not longer sold at MAC, but maybe you can find it on Ebay for a cheap price, go to CCO, or MAC might re-promote it. It'd give it an 8 out of 10 (for the price and a little too much shimmer for my liking)
MSF Natural is actually very nice. It's pretty matte but has a subtle shimmer if you look at it carefully. I got it in light thinking that I'm very pale and therefore need it. But I DEFINITELY need light medium. Light is REALLY light. Maybe once I turn very white in the winter it might be a nice highlighter....but this is a good product so I would recommend it. 8.5 out of 10.
NOTE: THESE IMAGES ARE NOT MINE!!! I DID NOT TAKE THESE PICTURES WITH MY OWN CAMERA!
Posted by Lyla at 3:29 PM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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