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BareMinerals Pressed Powder Shadows

I wrote this post forever ago and then I don’t know why I never published it! Anyway, it’s a bit delayed since I wrote it right when they quads were released, silly me.

I got “The Soundtrack” quad, which includes a matte highlighter and three shimmery shadows in gold, bronze and olive tones. I also got “The Honeymoon Phase” and “The Alter Ego” duos. The Honeymoon Phase is simple, classic and beautiful. It contains the peachy matte pink and a slightly shimmery gray color that go beautifully together and The Alter Ego has shimmery yellow green and a matter plum that offset each other nicely. The duos retail for $20 on their website and the quad retails for $30.


The Honeymoon Phase

These soft touch containers are beautiful and classic, the texture of soft touch containers is my favorite; I always think it’s classier too. I don’t think I have a specific favorite between the quad and duos as I really like the texture and colors of all of them. I have medium olive complexion and I find that bronze, golds and purples suit me well and these all contain those colors or highlighters that I believe suit everyone! I’m glad that bareMinerals has decided to add pressed shadows to their skews, because I’m sure like me, others are out there who have a preference for pressed over loose. An attribute that the quad has is a large compact mirror that won me over, because some compacts add a small mirror to go along with their shadows, blushes etc… but bareMinerals has included an all filling mirror that is rather large. Love love love!


The Soundtrack


Neon Makeup Colors!

We know trends come in and out, so neon colors being in trend shouldn’t bring up a “why” question but rather is just a cycle of fashion that’s been back for a bit.

Really the only “neon” color/s that exist are red-orange and the rest are fluorescent, but somewhere down the line we started calling them all neon colors. We all know color is how we perceive color reflecting off of the object. Fluorescent colors use a larger amount of both the visible spectrum and the lower wavelengths compared to conventional colors. They not only absorb and convert light energy of the dominant wavelength, but also the wavelengths of ultraviolet rays and other colors lower in the visible spectrum. As a result, your eye perceives a far more intense color.

KA`OIR lipstick

KA`OIR Orange, Green and Blue lipstick

In the somewhat creepy mesh of lips that I put together above we have “neon” lipstick in orange, green and blue. These are “in” and though I personally don’t wear them I have seen people out there who do. (PS. They have a promo code, which I’m sure is ending soon KAOIR4TH; in case you’re interested). KA`OIR’s whole makeup line is made up of tons of fun colors and it’s very on trend. Trends in colors aren’t only in makeup or clothes, but both combined as well as in furniture and decor. I’m sure you’ve seen girls dressed in pants the colors of the lipsticks, I have pants in the fun blue myself! haha

Image from Birchbox
Models on Dior Runway

Lime Crime Model wearing their neon like shadows

Here is a different brand with very bright eye shadows, that keep in the theme of bright neon makeup. Lime Crime is known for having bright highly pigmented makeup. I think it looks great! If I wasn’t on a budget I would have stocked up long ago. I think the colors are amazing, they match everyone’s current closet and are fun colors to wear.

lime crime AQUATAENIA eye shadow

The Aquataenia Fantasy Eye Shadow from Lime Crime


How do you all feel about this current trend? Are you embracing the neon color comeback? Bright colors! Haha

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!

HD eye shadow base nyx

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.

Mixing Eye Shadows!


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.



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


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 😉

Makeup Class with Micheline Pitt


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!)


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… )


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.


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!

Day long wear of creaseless Benefit eye shadow

Another phone post! But I will have my MacBook back in my hands tomorrow for much better posting! Thank you for bearing with me.


One has better lighting than the other and I am wearing the product on the lid mixed with Stila eye shadow on the crease. I want to show you that a. It’s still there, although not as strong after 11 hours and no creasing! The issue with creasing isn’t the product so much as it is the application.


Someone also left me a comment saying their product dried quickly. I’m wonder if this perhaps had to do with climate or storage? However, a nice trick is adding water to the paint pots from MAC when you want to use them and they’re starting to dry, but only when you’re going to use it. Also mash it up a bit.

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