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NYX HD Eye Shadow Base

Do most of you experience that toward the end of the day or even a few hours your eye shadow just falls off? Yea? Me too! I hate it!!! It makes me look messy and unkempt. Who wants to look unkempt and feel gross; it makes me feel ugly because of the fact that all my eye shadow and liner are sitting and the bottom and corners of my eye. NOT. OK. Granted, I don’t wear eye shadow often, for as much as I have, but I want to feel pretty when I do in fact where it!

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NYX HD Eye Shadow Base!

In comes this lovely product, the NYX HD Eye Shadow Base, bam- the solution! A friend told me about this, and I hadn’t really made an effort to get it since as I said, I don’t wear eye shadow enough and the nearest ULTA, where I would get it from other than ordering online, isn’t exactly close. After a couple of months of knowing about this product I ended up purchasing it and it took a bit before I used it. Actually, the first time I used it was my graduation! I did my makeup around 12 and the eye shadow stayed on through the rest of the day. My day ended around 10:30pm! I’ve used it a few times since then. I like it a lot! Maybe I’ll start using more eye shadow now.

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads

Hello everyone! How’s everyone’s summer going or winter, depending where in the world you are? Mine is ok, I’ve been a little stressed, which is sometimes I don’t post, but I’m trying hard because I really appreciate those of you who take the time to read!

Today I’m going to talk about these Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads that I got as a gift with the purchase for buying their Un-Wrinkle Eye Cream at a beauty store. I didn’t really know what to expect before opening it, but hey free is free!

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peter thomas roth un-wrinkle peel pads

I wasn’t gifted the 60 pads, rather 20 haha, but hey it’s something… you can get the 60 pads for $45 or the deluxe, which has 90 for $58. On the front label it reads: 20% complex of alpha, beta, gamma, exfoliators & amino acids the building block of peptides, exfoliates, resurfaces, clarifies, firms, helps visibly minimize pores, fine lines, uneven skin tone, Vitamins A-C-D-E & F, chamomile, and green tea extracts. One thing I should mention is that pores cannot be minimized, your pores are your pores, but you can minimize how they look with maybe this, and of course makeup.  

Now this is truly unscented, and what I mean by this is that you actually can smell that it’s chemically. When you buy products and they are unscented, but actually don’t smell like anything, they’re actually scented because they need to make it so it doesn’t smell like chemicals.

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Here you can see the Pads and hopefully the texture of the pads.

 

These pads are wet and cool to the touch and can be used on the face, chest, elbows, the top of the hands and knees. They recommend for every day use, but in my opinion everyone knows their own skin best and can decide if they can use them daily. Perhaps for 3 or 4 days you can test it out as a daily treatment and if it works for you, great, but if it doesn’t I would say do it every other day or 3x a week or even just once a week. Something is always better than nothing. As I’m using it it feels a bit prickly on the skin, and cooling. I don’t rub it on my face, as rubbing on your face, especially around the eyes promotes wrinkles, but rather do a circular motion until I’ve done the whole of my face. My skin feels slightly foamy afterward, but not so much so that it’s bothersome. I leave it on for a minute to three and then wash my face and apply face cream. So far after every use my face feels nice and soft, but of course the use of these peel pads is used along with my general skincare treatment.

You may say I’m too young or you’re too young to use un-wrinkle products, that is NOT the case. You’re never too young. When you are younger it’s preventive, because you’re making sure to take care of the skin as you get older it’s no longer preventive and it’s more about maintenance. The more you take care of your skin the better you age.

MUFE Eyebrow Pencil

Late evening post as I sit here sore from working out. I’m trying to get back into shape, the way I was once upon a time. I had a lot of different situations that didn’t help my body with keeping weight down and now things are falling back into place to get back where I want! ANYWAY….

Back to graduation day… the same picture as before, but what did I use on my eyebrow???

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MUFE Eyebrow Pencil No. 5

No. 5

I know I’ve done other posts on what I use for my eyebrows, but this is a different product and pencil type. I personally have always found it easier to use a pencil for my eyebrows rather than powder, though I know for some it’s the opposite. For that I send you back to Anastasia Beverly Hills, but for the purposes of this post we will talk about MUFE eyebrow pencils.

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Left to Right: Blond 1, Dark Taupe 4, Brown 3, Brown Black 5, Taupe 2

Compared to other pencils I found this one to not be waxy or sticky. I use it to fill, and I emphasize fill not draw! If you get this and you draw on your eyebrows don’t blame me! hehe You know who you are or you KNOW someone…. *shifty eyes*

I believe that MUFE has a good range, albeit small of eyebrow colors; it’s usually the hardest to find a good blonde color. I personally have not tried the blonde color as it is not one I need, but I suggest that when you are looking for a good eyebrow pencil you go in the store and test them out… see if it’s a color you like and want to be on your face all day long. I personally use the No. 5 and based on the image Sephora gives, it is not THAT dark. Again I only brush lightly over my eyebrow but no one needs more than that. You can tell from the images that I’ve posted it doesn’t look black and that is a GOOD thing. You don’t want an eyebrow pencil that goes on dark, even when your hair is dark; always go slightly lighter than your hair color. The way it looks on your face is never going to be that way the hair on your head. I’m sure you’ve seen people who get their eyebrows dyed the same color as their hair and for some reason they just look darker. (a good hairdresser lightens up the color a little).

I really really recommend this pencil as I think it’s good quality, but I remind you that only you know what color looks good on your face, so TEST TEST TEST!!!!

Mixing Eye Shadows!

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So as I mentioned on Friday I graduated this past Saturday from FIDM. Well to do my makeup I was in a rush… between showering and other showering and getting dress, doing my nails (I didn’t have a chance the night before) PLUS the all important makeup. I did something fun, which I originally wasn’t sure how it would work…

Mixing up Purple and a highlighter eyeshadow.

Honestly this could have made me waste time than gain time, I lucked out. First I applied the NYX eye shadow base along my eyelid and the crease; not too much, but enough to cover the area. I was told about this awesome little product by a friend. I don’t wear eye shadow often, because I just don’t have the time and I don’t currently work at a place where how I dress even matters, but when I have an occasion to go to I pull it out and have it work it’s magic.

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NYX HD Base

Secondly I was swiped one of my eyeshadow brushes in the plum colored eyeshadow and then in the highlighter shimmery shadow and swooped it over the eye! (I used Tarte of coures, but the item was an exclusive to QVC and is no longer available from what I could tell.) So what I did is I found a palette with similar colors that I used: Lorac PRO Palette

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A Lorac Palette with Plum and a highlighter colors

Alright, the purple I used is much like the one on the lower row second from the right, or in this palette “Deep Purple” and the “White,” which in this palette seems to be matte. In my case both had some shimmer to them, but I think both work, and of course some people ONLY like matte colors, or will only use a shimmer color if they can offset it with a matte color and so, something like this palette would work best for you. I had less purple on the brush than the highlighter as it’s such an intense color, that I didn’t want to look bruised up. After applying over they eye, I won’t say it was perfect, but it looked so nice combined. Following the first application I added a little more and then cleaned it up with a clean brush and voila, I was done!

Later in the day I was complimented on my eye shadow, which is good as I belonged to the Beauty Industry program 😉

Too Faced Size Queen Mascara

Happy Monday (or Tuesday, depending where you are in the world.) How has everyone’s week started off?

I think I’ve never written up anything on Too Faced before. I don’t really use Too Faced products, but back a few weeks ago I went on a field trip of sorts to a company who gave my class and I Too Faced mascara and a Lorac product. So here I am today talking about this mascara of theirs!

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Queen Size Mascara from Too Faced

I don’t think you can pick up, by the above image, how big the actual brush is! It’s huge! I believe it’s the larger than the height of my eye. I remember first opening it and being a little afraid of it, haha. Too Faced refers to the brush as “corkscrew bristles,” meaning it has short and long bristles. Even the packaging states it’s a “Gigantic Brush!”

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Too Faced Queen Size vs. another typical brush

Honestly, I love the corkscrew idea. It’s interesting how it does separate the lashes somewhat better than a regular brush, but it’s intimidating. I was worried I’d stab my eye with it or that it would be messy and get all over my eyelid. Well, I didn’t stab myself (yay) and it didn’t get all over the place. One thing to note though, is that for those of who do our lower lashes too, it’s not smart to brush vertically, because then it WILL get all over the place. I suggest that you slightly sweep over them and you’ll be set!

Here is shot A of my eye after applying the mascara.

 

Here is shot B of my eye with the Queen Size product.

 

Amazonian Clay Pressed Powder by Tarte

I’m back again today, as promised!!! And of course giving love to Tarte, don’t worry I’ll be talking about other brands in the coming days. BUT no post tomorrow, as it’s my graduation day and I will be running around like a chicken without a head all day. haha!

On a day-to-day basis I don’t really use foundation; mostly, I like to stick to mixing my orange primer with concealer for under my eyes and then mixing my green primer with my tinted moisturizer for my face. (This has a lot to do with my current lifestyle) However, there are times I a girl needs foundation and so I have a liquid foundation that I like to use, but for simple use or to carry in my purse I have my Tarte Pressed Powder. (You can get full coverage from it, I just personally typically use cream or liquid based foundations.)

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From Left to Right: Fair 01, Light 04, Medium 08

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Left to Right: Tan 10, Honey 12, Walnut 14

The Tarte Amazonian Clay Pressed Powders come in the above 6 shades, has no noticeable fragrance and with SPF 8. It retails for about $30.

Amazonian Clay is stated to come from the banks of the Amazonian River and it’s perks Tarte tells us are removal of surface oil and mattifying the skin, nourishes all skin types, reduction in appearance of dryness and flakiness, a smooth appearance, improvement of clarity and skin texture, and lastly hydrates dry skin.

So is it true? Honestly, who really knows? It could always just be marketing – But do I love the product? Yes.

When do I use it? I keep it in my purse for when I feel like there is some oiliness going on at the t-zone in efforts to mattify how my complexion looks. I also use it to even out skin tone, since as those who have read the blog know that I have pinkish red undertones. (sigh) I use a little bit on those parts of my face, by packing it on to the specific problem areas making sure that I don’t look like I have blotchy makeup. The powder is light enough where that is never a problem and has great coverage.

I don’t see a clasp or button; how does it open!? It holds closed by the use of a magnet making it easy to open and close when necessary. When it’s closed it just looks like a pretty plum purple cushion.

Makeup Class with Micheline Pitt

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Micheline and her assistant who was the face model for the June Class.

Hiiiii guys! I’m back! It’s been an insane few months, but all is back to normal and I have reviews and fun stuff galore to write about. I’m excited to be able to write for you all again. Thank you for not fully leaving me on facebook, if anything I’ve had growth and I’m thankful. I’ll get right into today’s post!

(Disclaimer, I’m not going to give too much away, as I think it’s best to just go to the class, but I want to give everyone an idea of what you’d be learning. I also didn’t write out every brand, as I wasn’t initially planning on blogging and wrote down what I liked for me.)

I want to briefly recap and awesome class I had the opportunity to attend this past Sunday at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in Burbank, California. Micheline Pitt, if you don’t know who she is google her or fb her, she’s awesome, holds makeup classes a few times a year. I was able to make it out for this one, if you get the chance go go go, she also is starting an advanced class. (If only I had the monies to go to that one too!)

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Micheline’s “For Looks that Kill” face chart.

This is the front side of a double side face chart Micheline customizes for her class. I didn’t get a chance to photograph the back, but it’s close ups of the eyes, brows, lips, and cheeks for further notes.

So what went down? Here’s the run down:

Application: How to apply shadows, blushes, foundations – and which brushes. A couple are Inglot 4ss, which I bought, and love (I’m a brush hoarder), the MAC 217 , and the Monda 350.

Skincare routine – eyes, face; from cleaning the face to moistuirzing, from skin issues to treatments. All encompassing really. (Some products include: La Roche-Posay moisturizer, Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10%, Lumiere eye cream, Sephora makeup removers in blue….and so much more.) I also really appreciated Micheline sharing her skin problems and how she has had to deal with them. While I am fortunate enough to get the scattered break out here and there, I think it’s important to know that beautiful models out there are human and have things they deal with and learn to take care of. It’s possible to make your skin look great, you just have to figure out what works for you!

Face: Aside from a skincare routine, there is the tinted moisturizers, color matching, foundation and concealer suggestions. (A few include Giorgio Armani Foundation, which I tested on my hand and is the lightest consistency, with amazing coverage I’ve ever encountered. Stila was her top choice for Tinted Moisturizer and MUFE HD for concealer)

Eyes: Brushes and Product were discussed. (MUFE shadows [matte preferably] and others… )

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Micheline’s Falsies Recommendations. Two that stood out to me were the #747 from Monday and the #305 from Accents Lashes.

Brows: This is her expertise! Anastasia Powders (but not pencils) and MUFE pencils, one of which I bought and love way more than my previous one. She also took time after the 4 HOUR class to help any and all girls who wanted eyebrow help. So kind.

Lips: Lips scrubs, Brown Sugar, MUFE Lipsticks and Lip Liners.

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Lip Liners Micheline Uses

Cheeks: Ben Nye Luxe Powder!

That’s all I’ve got for ya! If you live in the LA area or even further from here and can make it out to a class I’d advise you do. It’s fun and you learn a lot. People came from as far north as Santa Cruz and south as San Diego and drove home after! We were there for at least 6 – 7 hours. It was great.

New post tomorrow, I promise!

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner

Milani! Why am I just recently trying your liquid liner? Have you heard of it people? Have you tried it? As I’ve mentioned in a previous post I’m a huge fan of the cat eye look, and this drug store brand = perfect for it. I really like felt tip liners and this one is working out to be amazing! Since it is a felt tip liner you can work it to do perfect angles and achieve the look you want.

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Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner

 

It retails on the website for $7.49, though I’m sure it varies from location to location. Milani’s blackest black really comes out black not a gray like other felt pens I’ve used coughjosiemarancough. I don’t like how some pens fade out upon application and this one works as it should!

Another thing I like about this product is that it has a grip from where to hold so it doesn’t slip between the fingers. It is also easy to hold as it isn’t a short item; it containes 0.03 fl. oz , is recyclable and made in Germany.

Eye closed with Milani Liner

 

Eye semi open with Milan liner

 

The Body Bartender – Tattoo Protection

The Body Bartender’s creator/owner, Heather Losik, came to speak to my Entrepreneurship class this past week and baring gifts. Heather is a former model who started her own business 2 years ago and launched around the end of 2011 and is doing really well.

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Image Belongs to The Body Bartender

For those of you who don’t know me I love pinup style and pinup art and pinup anything. I shop at vintage stores, vintage section of etsy, and vintage repro online/stores. Well The Body Bartender was story starts with a love for the style and the art that is pinups circa 1940-50, which immediately caught my attention. The other side of Heather’s story is directly related to a love for awesome beauty product packaging, wherein she realized there was no niche product for those of us girls who have tattoos…tadaah!

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The Body Bartender Tattoo Protection – Image Belongs to TBB

As I said Heather came with gifts. We had an option of three products and I went with Tattoo Protection. I’ve had my tattoos for years now, but the one on my foot is always extra dry. I have very dry skin and ever since I got my tattoo my skin on my foot dries even easier and is more sensitive. So I jumped at the chance to try this product. It is basically an organic sun protection cream that doesn’t have a thick film and whose consistency moisturizes the skin .when it is healing and thereafter. Next time I can get a tattoo I’m going to try the Tattoo Polish.

My Cherry Blossom Foot Tattoo

Something to note:

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Cute Tagline

Youngblood Cosmetics Summer Preview

Youngblood Cosmetics always has awesome new skews being released! This summer they’re going to be releasing some pretty awesome lip gels and cream blushes.

The gloss line is called Might Shiny Lip Gel and comes in Confessed (sheer watermelon-red), Revealed (sheer peach-pink), Stripped (clear iridescent shimmer), Exposed (sheer grape), Displayed (sheer orange-red with gold shimmer), and Unveiled (sheer shimmer bright pink).

Two new blushes are being added as well! Plum Satin (rose-berry shade with shimmer) and Pink Cashmere (matte carnation pink).

Um hello, of course I’m excited! Everyone knows how much I love Youngblood! And if you don’t you have to read back on other blog entries I’ve done on this brand and then go buy all of the products.

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Pink Cashmere Creme Blush and the glosses: Confessed & Revealed

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How cool are the tubes and applicators. Simple but high quality.

As you recall I love Youngblood’s creme blushes so now having a new one to use makes me a happy camper. Now I have both a shimmery and matte blush of theirs. What I love about cream blush is that it’s easy to apply and doesn’t disappear as the day moves forward. If you’ve never tried cream blush, you’re missing out and I recommend you go online or to one of the stores that sells this brand and get yourself some! These retail for $27 and are .21 oz; a looot of product as you can see by the picture.

Glosses are typically not my thing, but I couldn’t resist such nice sheer colors and now want more! The lip gels retail for $25.50 and are .25 oz – also a lot of product in these tubes!

Things to find in the blush are Vitamin C and E, Allantoin and Jojoba Esters. The Lip Gels include Momordica Grosvenorii Fruit Extract (Longevity Fruit), Jojoba Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil.

The new products are being made available June 1st on their website, NewBeauty at Fred Segal Santa Monica,  Henri Bendel New York and certain spas.

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