Thursday, December 23, 2010

I Wish I Were Wearing . . . 12/23

Monday, December 6, 2010

I'll Try It For You : Covergirl Shadowblast

Drew Barrymore - you are full of lies.
I was so excited to try Covergirl's Smoky Shadowblast because I've seen these ads everywhere!! Also, I'm having a really hard time finding the exact color purple shadow I want, so this seemed like a simple solution. I bought the exact same product she is supposedly wearing, I followed the instructions and THIS is what happened:
The damn thing defeated my usually infallible Urban Decay Primer Potion and was seriously a hot mess. 
Also, these colors are definitely just pink and brown. They look nice together but I have no idea why they call it Purple Plum. I hoped when I bought it that somehow they would make that perfect purple when blended, but I was so, so wrong. Awful! Do not let this happen to you! 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fancy Pants X-Mas List: Part Four

Fancy Pants X-Mas List: Part Three

I think I have a Kate Spade addiction.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fancy Pants X-Mas List: Part Two

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fancy Pants X-Mas List: Part One

AH, I'm such a bad blogger. Buy me presents?

Monday, November 8, 2010

I Wish I Were Wearing . . . 11/8

With huge hair.

I LOVE . . .

MAC's Tartan Tale Holiday Collection! I've been getting emails about this for some time, but seeing it in person really sold it for me!

I bought:
Nail Lacquer in Sly As A Fox. This Polish is a brownish-red with the tiniest bit or red micro-shimmer. This picture really doesn't do it justice.
Eye Kit in Reelers & Rockers. Colors include White Rabbit, Melt My Heart, Carbon, Family Treasures, Gaelic Gold, and Crown & Sceptre. Amazing. This is a great set to have just for adding metallic pops to shadows you already use, but I've been having fun wearing gold and copper everywhere I go. Really, if you have a chance - look at this thing in person. 

What I want to buy:
Pigment in Moonlight Night
Blush in Her Blooming Cheek
Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Lord It Up. I really want all the eyeliners, but this is my favorite!
Lipstick in Full Fuchia. Cannot. Wait. 
Has anyone else tried this collection?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How to Shop for Beauty Products With a Salesperson

**I've been having trouble with uploading images for days. Anybody else? Pictures to come!!

A salesperson is there to help you, but sometimes they can do more harm than good.

*Be aware of whom you are speaking to.
Different places require different training or licensing. That's why people that work at MAC are Makeup Artists and people that work at Clinique are Skincare Consultants. Both are helpful, but if you want to learn how to use fushia lipgloss or a liquid liner, the choice is pretty obvious.

*Appearances matter!
Some things are beyond a person's control, but why would you let someone do your makeup if their eyeliner is crooked or their foundation is orange? Find the person with the best technical makeup application and the most confidence in the room.

*Ask them about your eyes.
Generally speaking, the best way to emphasize your eyes is to use the opposite color on the color wheel. If your salesperson uses phrases that hint that they have studied color theory - stick with them!!

*Don't let them push you into buying something you have a gut feeling is wrong!
When I was a salesperson I would give honest recommendations because I loved my products and I loved solving people's problems. However, I didn't ever have to worry about commission and my job wasn't in jeopardy over Units Per Customer. If the product sounds right, take a chance and TRY IT!! You may love it, or you may return it, but it should be YOUR decision. PS- If you don't buy it, they aren't going to think less of you. Salespeople are PEOPLE TOO, and they can't afford to buy bags full of products wherever they shop either!

* Take advantage.
These people have skills and are excited to interact with someone who has questions! Even if I go into a store with the only goal being to "refill" something I buy all the time, I try to pick one thing I haven't tried before and ask someone to SHOW ME how to use it on my face.  I usually end up with a whole fresh face of makeup that's been professionally done (for free!) and a new skill. Also, don't be too shy to ask for samples!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gorey Rooms

One of my favorite artists is Edward Gorey. Since his drawings tend to be a little macabre, I thought now would be a good time to share some interior design pics I've been hoarding that have a Gorey vibe!

Monday, October 18, 2010

I Wish I Were Wearing . . . 10/18

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'll Try It For You : Maybelline Falsies Mascara

I'm starting a new series of posts to test products and trends! I keep seeing Maybelline Falsies Mascara advertised everywhere, so I took the opportunity to see how well it performed. I also am trying to break my dependence on "department store makeup". . . at least a little bit!

OK, here's the deal- I don't have my own picture of this on my lashes because I don't want to put this on again without a buffer between my lashes and the product.

The best and worst thing about this mascara is that it STAYS ON. Seriously, I could not get this off the first time I tried it. I tried THREE different makeup removal products and still had mascara on my lashes two days later. You might be thinking - that sounds awesome, but actually it was a little annoying. Because of my removal attempts, the mascara was "reactivated" and my lashes were rubbed back and forth by various makeup removers so my lashes were practically bonded together! It was a spidery mess. This stuff is STRONG, you can't just comb out the clumps. I tried to make due by using another mascara over it, but it just didn't look right. The visual results of the first application were alright. It certainly helps if you are looking to increase your lash length. However, I couldn't really see any benefit for someone who would like dense, volumized lashes. 

I've long used Dior's DiorShow Blackout mascara, and I really love it. The downside is the price ($24) . I've also had trouble removing this mascara at night, but it takes nowhere near the amount of effort the Falsies does! I've been using Cover Girl's LashBlast Mascara for the last few months. I've found that when you layer it the effect is similar to the DiorShow. The only problem I have with it is that I must remember not to touch my lashes throughout the day because it might cause the product to "flake" a little bit since it is a little softer.
Here is a picture of my eyes from my post about Buxom eyeshadows. I am wearing Covergirl LashBlast.
Here is a picture I took from another blog with just the Maybelline Falsies on.You can see this mascara formula looks "thinner" in comparison. 
I think eventually I'll try the Falsies again, but only over another mascara!