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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 2011 Loves!

Hey lovely friends! I moved and I'm pooped! Well, not really. We only moved 2 floors down lol. Hey, but it was still tiring. Packing, unpacking and cleaning is never fun! I also didn't have internet. I had to cancel our old account from ATT-Uverse and switched to Time Warner. It's the same great service, but soooo much cheaper, lik OMG! Never again ATT-Uverse!

But internet is back today and I can finally blog again YAY! I missed everyone and it felt really weird, like my day wasn't complete without blogger lol.

This post is going to be my March Loves. I haven't done these monthly favorites in awhile and I have some products that I've been loving that I want to share. I used a lot of Wet n Wild products this month and I can't get enough of them, especially the ColorIcon line. They are great quality and inexpensive.

 Palette in Pride received so much abuse this month. I was able to create many different makeup looks using just this palette. It has a mix of matte and shimmery blues, greens and whites shadows. All gorgeous and pigmented shades.



ColorIcon blusher in Pearlescent Pink. I was reaching for this the most whenever I did my makeup. The bright pink with gold specs is just so pretty and I used it for both day and night time.



The Mega Last lip colors are amazing! These semi- matte lip sticks are so awesome, you're not gonna believe they're only $2.99 each. They are non-drying and the coverage is superb!



KKcenterhk flashes lashes. I was given an opportunity to try them out and I just love them. They're the only false lashes I've used this whole month.



C. Booth Black Licorice eye cream. A very inexpensive eye cream that kept my under eyes hydrated ^_^.



Pangea Organics lip balm. I've been using this ever since I got it from my Birchbox package. I had to put aside my other lip balms because this is far by the best! It's very moisturizing, heals dry lips and it last long.




What are your favorites this month? Let me know if you did your own March Favorites on your blog so I can check it out!



Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review/Swatch: Wet n Wild ColorIcon blusher in Pearlescent Pink

Wet n Wild ColorIcon blusher in Pearlescent Pink is LOVE! It's a gorgeous warm pink shade with gold shimmers that looks amazing in all skin tones. It's so pigmented, easy to blend, very affordable, and it's now one of my favorite blushes ever!




Product claim from WnW website:
"Sweep on this silky-smooth blush that strikes the perfect balance between a blendable transparent sheen and radiant pop of maximum color. A special blend of treated nylon powders provides long lasting color. Dermatologist tested."
PRICE: $2.99. I got mine for only $1.69 during a sale at Walgreens last year.
AVAILABILITY: drugstores. I got mine at Walgreens.
AMOUNT: 0.14 oz
TYPE: powder blush
SHADE: Pearlescent Pink. It looks like a warm peachy pink with gold shimmers in the pan, but it's more pink once you apply it on your face. It's really pretty!
FINISH: It is a shimmery blush, but don't let it discourage you from trying it. The shimmers are more subtle once you have it on your cheeks. It's not too over powering and it just gives your face a slight sheen.
TEXTURE: Surprisingly, it has a nice silky soft texture. Usually, cheap blushes are chalky and streaky but not this one. It's also easy to blend and a little goes a long way.
COVERAGE: You definitely need the right brush to apply this kind of pigmented blush. It can go from sheer to super bright very quickly so be careful. To apply, I prefer using my ELF Studio Line stippling brush and stipple on the apple of my cheeks, then blend upwards towards the temple. The bristles are far apart and it picks up a little bit of product, making it easier for me control how much I apply.














Swatch on my arm. You can still see a little bit of the gold specs.



 What it looks like on my face.

I applied it heavily on the apple of my cheeks so you can see the color better.




For this Mermaid inspired makeup, I applied the blush under my cheek bones as a contour shade to give the illusion of a slimmer face ^_^


pros:
-Very affordable
-Pigmented
-Easy to blend
-Not too shimmery
-Compliments all skin tone

cons:
-none!


I'm really in love with this blush and everyone should have it in their makeup collection. Trust me, you will love it too. Also watch out for my next post. I will do a comparison between this and NARS blush in Orgasm. A lot of people say they're very similar, so we will see!


Do you own any of the Wet n Wild ColorIcon blushes? What shade did you get?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spotted: ELF Beauty Encyclopedia Dupe

Just spotted these eye shadow palette at Forever 21 that looks exactly like the ELF Beauty Encyclopedia. If you guys don't know, Forever 21 has a makeup line called Love and Beauty. I've only seen it in person at the store, and the line looks really cute...cute packaging and very girly.

The palette is called The Beauty Journal and just like the ELF Beauty Encyclopedia, it looks like a book with 12 eye shadows, a small eye liner, sponge tip applicator, mirror and a how to guide on the right panel. The only thing missing are the cream shadows at the bottom. The palette retails for $6.80 while ELF Encyclopedia is $5. There's not much difference with the price, but I prefer the $5 just because I'm a cheap-o!















Have you ever tried anything from the Love and Beauty makeup line? 


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

EOTN: Gray, Blue, Green and Red Duochrome..What the heck is it?

If you remember, I bought the Wet n Wild ColorIcon 8-pan palette in Comfort Zone last week.The first thing that caught my eye was the shimmery eye shadow on the right bottom of the palette. I couldn't really distinguish the shade. It looks gray in the pan, but up close, I saw hints of red and other colors. What the heck is it? When I got home, I was able to play with it and OMG it was love at first swatch. It was a gorgeous brownish red and bluegreen duochrome shadow with shimmery, almost metallic finish. It also changes colors in different angles and lighting. I tried my best to show all the different colors by taking photos in different angles, lighting and bases and it honestly didn't do justice how beautiful and unique this shadow is.You just have to see it in person!

 Straight from the palette. It looks like a light grey with specs of light blue and purple.






Swatch on my finger with flash from my camera. It looks silver!



Sun Light. It looks brownish red!




Applied on top of different bases. You can see the color change depending on the base. So cool!

with flash


no base- shimmery golden bronze
concealer- shimmery plum
white base- shimery brownish red
black base- dark bluegreen sheen. Can't really tell the color that much.



View from the side
no base : brown with silver glitters
concealer: plum with slight sheen
white base: brownish red with few glitters.
black base: dark brownish green with blue and green glitters.




View from different angles without flash.



And here's what it looks like by it self on my eyes. I applied it all over my lids underneath a black base. These photos doesn't show it, but the lid color is actually a dark bluegreen shade in person. It's so gorgeous!!!







Can you see how the color shifted from bluegreen (lid) to brownish red (crease)?






I wore this eye makeup to work, and I got so many compliments. I'm not kidding. 2 women even came up to me and said my makeup looks MAC-ish and I should be on a MAC poster. Awww... It was the best compliment I've ever got about my makeup. I was blushing and laughing like a little girl when I told them I was wearing Wet n Wild eye shadow. Their eyes popped wide open and couldn't believe it!


If you want to get your hands on this unique and gorgeous shadow, then you should get the Wet n' Wild ColorIcon 8-pan palette in Comfort Zone. The palette is only $5!!!


XOXO,
Becky ^_^

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Review/Swatch: Stila Perfecting Concealer

Stila Perfecting Concealer is the concealer I use when I'm not using my favorite Almay Line Smoothing concealer. I've had it for awhile now and I quite like it. It's full coverage and covers my slight dark circles, blemishes and discoloration so well. It even feels light and moisturizing. The only thing I don't like is the creasing. It easily creased into the fine lines under my eyes. But I guess it's not a big deal since I only have few fine lines and they're not too noticeable...yet O_o.



SPECIFICATIONS

PRODUC CLAIM from the Stila website: "This fuller coverage concealer produces a delicate, semi-matte finish that's ideal for hiding under eye circles, scars, redness, and other imperfections. Select a shade that blends with and complements your skin tone
PRICE: $23. It's expensive.
AVAILABILITY: Sephora, Ulta.com, Stila.com
AMOUNT: 0.27 oz
PACKAGING: Tube concealer. I like it. It dispenses the product nicely with just a soft squeeze.
SHADE: I got shade H (dark) and F (medium). F looks dark in the tube but matches my skin perfectly. LOVE IT. I'm an NC 42-43 with MAC.
TEXTURE: It's slightly thick yet creamy enough to apply and blend. I use my ring finger or my CVS Essence of Beauty concealer brush. I also even find it moisturizing.
SCENT: None.
FINISH: It's supposed to be semi-matte, but I think it has a dewy finish. It makes my under eyes look a bit shiny. I notice it more in photos. I don't mind it, but I prefer a matte finish for my concealer.
COVERAGE: It's full coverage and a little goes a long way. I only had to use one tiny dot on each eye to cover my slight dark circles. It also covers my blemishes and redness very well.
LONGEVITY: After a few hours, it creased into the fine lines under my eyes O_o. It happens all the time no matter how much powder I use for setting. But for the rest of my face, it pretty much lasted all day.








Swatches on my arm. It looks shiny doesn't it?

H and F



PROS:
-Opaque. Great for covering dark circles, blemishes and discoloration.
-A little goes a long way. 
-Long lasting

CONS:
-Expensive
-It creases into fine lines.



OVERALL THOUGHTS: It's a great product for covering under eye circles, blemishes and discoloration, but be aware that it easily creases into fine lines. Applying a setting powder won't even work. Also, it has a dewy finish that oily people friends might not like. Other than that, its a good concealer. If you have the money, then you should try it. ^_^


FOTN: Not Your Everyday Work Makeup

 Now if you've been a long time reader of my blog, then you should probably know that I work at an elementary school with children with special needs. I dress plain and comfortable and no makeup (just moisturizer and EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit or Pangea Organics lip balm). It's by choice. I do a lot of physical activities with the children and it doesn't make sense to wear a cute outfit that will get dirty and messy and makeup that will crease and melt by lunch time O_o. Besides, no one cares how we look. Really, no one! lol.

So where did I wear this makeup? Well I have another job. I don't think I've mentioned it before. It's a part-time job at sales where I come in a few times during the week. I can't tell you guys where because I don't want any stalkers jk. But I can tell you, I'm surrounded by expensive clothes ^_^. It's a requirement to look our best to represent the brand. I always come with my full makeup on and an outfit that is put together. I love it because I look and feel pretty. And people really cares about how you look (we love to give each other compliments). Really, they do!

I wore a shimmery and dramatic eye makeup with peach lips. I used my Wet n Wild ColorIcon palette in Pride...again! I've abused this palette so much this week. I think I'm ready to move on another eye shadow palette..or not lol. I used the shimmery white shadow to highlight the lids and matte navy blue shadow to define the crease. The navy blue is such an awesome matte shadow. It applies nicely and very easy to blend.



I did a soft cut-crease technique to apply the shadows. I applied  a soft wash of navy blue above the crease using a fluffy blending brush, then traced the outer half of the crease with the same navy blue using a small pencil brush. It defined the eyes, making it look dramatic, but not too harsh and dark.



Cam whoring during my break ^_^









GET THE LOOK

I used my Wet n Wild ColorIcon palette in Pride. It's only $4.99 at drugstores. If you don't have this, feel free to use similar colors in your makeup kit.



eyes:
-Prime the eyes with NYX shadow base in skintone and dust loose powder on top. This will keep the shadow from creasing.
-Apply matte navy blue shadow on the crease with a fully blending brush. Using the fluffy blending will deposit a light wash of color, which is want you want.
-With a damp brush, apply the shimmery white all over the lids. Applying the shadow wet will intensify the color, giving it a metallic/shiny finish. 
-Apply the same shimmery white on the inner half of lower lash line.
-Apply matte white shadow on the inner corners of the eyes.
-Go back to the matte navy blue shadow with a pencil brush and intensify the crease, starting from the outer corner doing circular motion, then trace up to the crease stopping half way. 
-Apply the same navy blue shadow on the outer half of lower lash line. 
-For high light, apply Almay Line Smoothing concealer in light/medium or a concealer 2 shade lighter than your skin tone on the brow bone. 
-Line the eyes with Stila Smudge Pot in black, curl lashes, Apply a generous coat of Maybelline Volum' Falsies Express and re-curl. This step will really make your lashes longer and bigger!


cheeks:
-Apply MAC powder blush in Gingerly on the apple of the cheeks with a stippling brush. I like using a stippling brush because the bristles are loose and picks up little product, preventing me from putting too much blush.
-Contour the face with Milani Mosaic blush in Afterglow with an angled blush brush. This will give the appearance of a slimmer face. This is optional, so you can skip this step.


lips:
-Moisturize the lips with EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit. This will prep the lips for the lipstick application.
-Fill in the nudes with Wet n Wild nude lip liner in Willow. This will concealer discoloration on the lips and will provide as a base for the lipstick.
-Apply Revlon lipstick in Peach. This shade looks natural and it goes with any eye makeup.


Don't forget to checkout my other makeup looks using Wet n Wild ColorIcon palette in pride.



Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

My Current Eye Cream...C.Booth Black Licorice Eye Cream

Usually eye creams are used for anti-aging benefits. You apply it on the skin around the eyes and depending on the product claim,  it's supposed to get rid or soften fine lines, wrinkles and even prevent it from happening (yes, some eye creams do claim that!). But I use an eye cream everyday  for several reasons: to hydrate the skin around my eyes and prevent my concealer from caking and seeping through fine lines. This C. Booth Black Licorice eye cream does both and more. I love it.

From Ulta website:
Eye cream features a natural blend of avocado, wheat germ oils and black licorice root to soften and tone the delicate eye area. Black Licorice Eye Cream by c. Booth is also infused with sodium hyaluronate to give skin a hydrating boost. Reduces the signs of aging for younger, healthier looking skin



I love the thin texture that quickly gets absorbed into my skin without a greasy or sticky feel. It does smell like black licorice, but it's very mild. In general, I don't like black licorice, so I thought I wasn't going to like the scent, but I'm glad it's tolerable and goes away right after I apply in on my skin.

I can't really say much about it's anti-aging benefits because I don't have wrinkles yet, thank goodness! However, I do have few fine lines around my eyes, but I haven't used  this product enough to see if there's a slight difference. For now, I can tell you that it keeps the skin around my eyes moisturize because my under eye concealer doesn't cake and seep into the fine lines. Also, I notice it helps reduce the puffiness under eye my eyes in the morning. I don't know if it's supposed to do this, but it does! Awesome!






HOW TO USE:
I use it in the morning and night after I wash my face. I use my ring fingers to apply it under my eyes and brow bone by doing a tapping motion. The skin around the eyes is very delicate, so you want to be gentle when applying any product.


price: $12.99
availability: RiteAid,
                    Ulta.com
                    Amazon.com
                     

Please don't forget to read my review on c.Booth Apricot Oil Firming lotion. It's the best drusgtore lotion, in my opinion!



Thursday, March 17, 2011

LOOK: Wet n' Wild Dramatic Navy Blue and Shimmery Green eyes with Nude lips.

While everyone is out and about on St.Patrick's night, I'm at home playing with makeup. How fun O_o. I created a makeup look using the Wet n' Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow palette in Pride...again! This time, it's a dramatic...very dramatic eye makeup using the shimmery green on the lids and matte navy blue shadow on the crease. I love how this palette has a mix of both matte and shimmery shades making it easy for me to create a strong and well balance eye makeup. 





As you can see, I extended the navy blue shadow above my natural crease. This gave the eyes a very strong and dark look.












GET THE LOOK

I used Wet n' Wild ColorIcon eye shadow palette in Pride. If you don't have this palette then just use similar colors you have in your makeup kit.



eyes:
-Prime the eyes with NYX shadow base in skin tone. This will help the shadow last longer.
-Apply the shimmery white in the inner corners of the eyes with a pencil brush.
-Apply the shimmery green all over the lids passing above the crease and the inner half of the lower lash liner. with ELF Studio Line shadow brush.
-Apply the matte navy blue  on the outer V with a damp ELF $1 blending brush dragging it above the crease, stopping half way. Wetting the shadow intensified the color.
-Apply shimmer blue on the outer half of the lower lash line.
- Lightly apply the shimmery green on the egde of the navy blue with ELF $1 blending brush. This will help blend the edge of the blue a little, so it's doesn't too harsh. 
-Line the eyes with Stila Smudge Pot in black, curl lashes and apply false lashes.




face:
-Clean the shadow fall out with baby wipes. You want a clean face before applying foundation.
-Even out the skin tone with MAC Fix fluid liquid foundation (NC42) using ELF Studio Line foundation brush.
-Apply Almay Line Smoothing concealer under the eyes and blemishes.
-Set the face with powder. I forgot to do this step. Silly me!




cheeks:
-Apply Wet n Wild ColorIcon blusher Pearlescent Pink on the apple of the cheeks with a MAC stippling brush. It's a peachy pink with gold specs, very similar to Nars Orgasm blush.
-Apply Milani Mosaic blush in Afterglow under the cheek bones with an angled blush brush. This will define the face and give it a slimmer appearance.

lips:
-Moisturize with EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit. Let it soak into the lips.
-Line the entire lips with Wet n' Wild creme lip liner in Willow.
-Then top it off with ELF Minty lip gloss in Los Angeles. It's a bright pink shade with gold shimmers.






Please check out my other makeup looks using WnW ColorIcon Eyeshadow palette in Pride.