Friday, July 29, 2011

NYC City Duet Eye Shadow Duo Collection + Swatches

Here are all the NYC City Duet eye shadow duos I own plus swatches. These duos have colors that compliment each other to create an eye makeup look. You can get them at your local drugstores for only $2.99.

Island Sunset
Matte pink and purple duo
This is my favorite out of all the duos. The color pay off is awesome.


Here's what it looks like on my eyes. You can use the purple all over the lids and pink on the crease for a dramatic purple smoky eyes. See more photos of this look HERE.

Pink all over the lids and purple on the outer corner and crease. See more photos HERE.

Bowling Green
Satin Lime Green and Matte Blue Green duo
The color pay off is pretty good, but I suggest to apply these wet to achieve brighter colors.

I used the lime green eye shadow on this bright Summer makeup look. I applied it wet all over my lids. See more photos HERE.

NYC Times
Matte White and Black duo
This is my least favorite out of all the duos. I'm not too happy with the color because it's too chalky and the black eye shadow is not a true black. It's more of a dark grey.

Upper Zest Side
Matte bright Yellow and Orange duo.
These have good pigmentation, but I suggest apply it wet for more intensity.

Yankee Blues
Satin Baby Blue and Periwinkle blue duo

I used it on my lower lash line for a fun pop of color. See more photos HERE.

Have you tried any NYC City Duet eye shadow duos?
How do you like them?

Disclosure: Everything was purchased with my own money.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review/Photos: NYC Skin Matching Foundation.

I was really excited when I was given the opportunity to try NYC Skin Matching foundation. Usually, whenever I think of NYC or New York Colors cosmetics, the first thing that comes to mind is their awesome bronzing powders or 99cents lipsticks and not foundation. I was even more excited to try it because it has "breakthrough tone to tone shade adjusting technology that adapts shades to skin's color and texture." ( I've never tried anything like it and I was very curious to see if it works.

The photo above is how one layer of foundation looks on me. It's in shade medium to deep with neutral undertone and semi matte finish. I'm surprised that it's a pretty good match for my NC42 skin tone. It looks light on initial application, but it blends in nicely once it sets for awhile on my face. It even looks great in photographs and doesn't leave a white mask on my face. 

What I like the most is the thin liquid texture. It reminds me of a tinted moisturizer but with more coverage. It's easy to blend and feels light. The coverage is sheer, but buildable to medium. I don't have much blemishes to cover up, so it evens out my skin tone pretty well. However, I still have to use concealer to cover up a bit of redness and blemishes.

I've tried applying it using my fingers, dry and wet cosmetic sponge and foundation brush and all came out well, but my favorite is the wet sponge. Using a wet sponge gives the most natural look because it's sheer. I just add another layer if I want more coverage.

Swatch of medium to deep shade on my arm

Swatch on my face down to my neck. See how it looks lighter than my skin tone?..

...but once it's blended all over my face, it's a pretty good match.

How 2 layers of foundation looks on my face. It looks a tad lighter, but it still works ^_^

So, this product works. It works for me. I've been using it for a week and I love it. I will purchase once I run out. The shade medium to deep was able to match my medium skin tone pretty well. It has decent coverage, easy to blend and feels very light and the best part is the $3.99 price tag. You can't beat that ^_^. Get it at your local drugstore now!

Have you tried it before? 
What are your thoughts?

DISCLOSURE: A sample of this product was given to Everyday Makeup blog for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on Everyday Makeup blog are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.

LOOK: NYC Individual Eyes Smokey Browns

My niece Meme turned 13 yesterday. Dang, I can't believe she's a teenager now O_o. Time really goes by super fast. I feel like it wasn't too long ago when I used to pick her up from preschool across the street from my house. She used to be a brat and always gave me attitude when she's not in the mood. However, she can be the sweetest person ever when she's nice ^_^. Now, she's 13, so pretty and way taller than I am haha.

So my family and I went out for dinner last night to celebrate her birthday and this is the makeup look I wore. I did a smoky taupe and grey eyes, pink cheeks and mauvey pink lips with lots and lots of gloss. This look is a bit dramatic, so I recommend wearing this kind of look during night time.

For the eyes, I used my new NYC Individual Eyes eye shadow palette in Smokey Browns Created for Brown Eyes, and I love it. I've used the Individual Eyes for Blue Eyes before (read my review HERE), and I'm just as pleased. The eye shadow formula is impressive. The colors are pigmented, quite soft in texture and easy to blend. It consist of 4 colors that supposed to enhance brown eyes, but of course people with different eye color can use it as well. I also really like the primer it came with because it actually works! I didn't expect it to work so well. It neutralizes my eye lids and prevents my eye shadows from creasing for a good 4-5 hours, which is pretty good considering I have oily lids.

I used the palette as suggested with a little twist. Frosty Silver as a highlight, Shimmery Satin Grey Taupe all over the lids, Shimmery Grey-ish Plum on the crease and Sparkly Black as a definer. The twist was I added the frosty silver on the inner corners of my eyes blending it with the lid color to make the eyes look bigger.You don't have to use it this way. You can place the colors where every you want.

Swatches on top of the primer that comes with the palette. The colors are more vibrant. However, I noticed the sparkly black eye shadow didn't show up too well on the swatch, but it did on my eyes.

Products used:

-NYC Individual Eyes in 941Smokey Browns Created for Brown Eyes
-Sonia Kashuk gel liner in Ebony
-Rimmel London Eye Magnifier Eye Opening waterproof mascara in black.

-Rimmel Fix and Perfect foundation primer (Review HERE)
-NYC Skin Matching foundation in 689 Medium to Deep
-Dermablend Setting Powder

-NYC cream blush in Glow (Review HERE)

-EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit
-Wet n Wild Color Icon lip liner in Willow
-L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in Pink Tranquilo
-NYC Liquid Lip Shine (clear)

I used a nude lip liner to line my lips and erase my cupid's bow by lining the lips outside the natural lip line. Then topped it off with a lipstick and packed on the clear gloss. It's supposed to make my lips bigger and fuller ^_^.

I highly recommend this drugstore palette not only for brown eyes, but also for people with any eye color. For $5, it's an awesome deal. It has beautiful eye shadows and it comes with an eye primer that works!

DISCLOSURE: A sample of this product was given to Everyday Makeup blog for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on Everyday Makeup blog are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.

Yes To Blueberries Age Fresh Brightening Eye Roller

Hey guys, I just got an email from Yes To, and I'm excited to inform you that they just released their new product Yes To Blueberries Age Fresh Brightening Eye Roller. If you don't know, the Yes to Blueberries is created to fight the signs of aging and this product is a great addition to the line.

Yes To says, "Yes To Blueberries Brightening Eye Roller contains a light, refreshing serum applied under the eyes and around the orbital bone using circular motions to brighten, refresh, and reduce dark circles. This blend includes Horse Chestnut, a natural botanical that helps improve the appearance of dark circles by stimulating circulation and blood flow, along with Bearberry Extract, an anti-oxidant rich botanical that helps brighten dark circles by inhibiting melanin production. Now whip out this little wand and say buh-bye to pesky dark circles!"

What do you guys think? 

Visit if you want to purchase this product.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bridesmaids Makeup, Freelance Makeup Kit and etc...Pic Heavy

Hey everyone! I missed you all so much. I wasn't able to blog for a few days because my family and I went out of town this weekend to attend my cousin's wedding. We stayed at a hotel and they didn't have the best internet connection and my phone wasn't able to get the best signal so even updating facebook and twitter was such a pain. Dang you AT&T! But I had a lot of fun. It was a really fun wedding, and I'm so happy I got to spend quality time with family members and relatives whom I haven't seen in such a long time.

Here are some photos over the weekend. I did hair and makeup for family and friends and it was a lot of fun. I love the trust they give me to make them look pretty. These photos were taken using my small Canon digital camera so the quality is not that great. More and better photos are in my cousin's camera, so once I get a hold of them, I'd share them with you.

My freelance makeup kit
(I labeled them with numbers. I hope it's showing)

1. Almost all my makeup fits in this Caboodle Pro Cosmetic Case. Buy it here. It's a spacious metal case with 4 fold out trays with a deep compartment in the center. It fits everything you see in the photo except for the brush roll and my personal makeup (inside the ziploc bag).

2. All my primers and moisturizers are in this small mesh bag. 
    -Graftobian Oxyderm moisturizer
    -Dermalogica Oil Control lotion
    -Makeup Forever Primer
    -The Body Shop Vitamin E eye cream
    -Carmex lip balm
    -Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer
    -Makeup Forever eye makeup remover.

3. Inside this small faux leather bag are 3 plastic and 1 metal spatula (to scoop cream foundation and concealer) scissors and tweezers.

4. The pink looking balls are my Beauty Blender. They're non latex reusable sponges. I use them to blend foundation and concealer on the face. My brush roll from Crown brushes with all kinds of brushes: Crown, Coscto, Stella, Sigma Makeup and Eco Tools.

5. Q-tips, mascara wand and Concealer palette from Sedona Lace. You can buy it here.

6. Graftobian High-Def Glamour Creme in Warm and Corrector Palette. Buy them here. I highly recommend these palette if you're interested in starting your own freelance makeup kit. You get all kinds of shades from lightest to darkest in one compact palette.

7. You can't really see it, but it's a huge ziploc bag of my personal makeup and brushes. I don't use the same makeup and brushes that I use on my clients. I should probably get my own caboodle or big makeup bag to store them, but ziploc would do for now ^_^. 

My niece Ysabella was one of the bridesmaids. She's only 16 and it's her first time to be a part of a wedding.  I did the same makeup from the makeup test I did on her, which you can find here, but with few changes. The main eye shadow was still Penny from Wet n Wild Color Icon, but I applied it wet under a black base instead of bronze. It gave the shadow a greenish peach sheen. It's so gorgeous!

 I really love this eye shadow because it has a duo chrome quality to it. The color changes in different angles. In the photo above, it looks like a green-gold-ish peach ^_^.  It's so gorgeous!

I also did her hair, which is inspired by Itsjudytime's Easy Sideswept hair Tutorial on youtube. Gosh, I love her hair tutorials. They are so easy to follow! Thanks Judy!

I did the makeup of the 3 flower girls. They're sisters and they were so sweet and funny. They were very curious as they watch their sister get their makeup done and the asked so many questions lol.

Here is my friend Melissa. She's the sweetest and she let me do whatever I want with the makeup. I did a fresh looking makeup with heavy eye liner. The eye liner I used on her is Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in Mat Black. You can buy it here. This stuff is intense! It's waterproof and smudge proof and stayed on all day and night. I highly recommend it. 

I was one of the bridesmaids too. My feet was hurting really bad because of my heels. They're adorable, but dang it, they hurt lol.

I'll show more photos in another post. Thank you so much for stopping by. If you have any questions regarding the makeup I used, just shoot me down a comment below.