Friday, August 26, 2011

Fall Clothes Wish List

I have been looking online at the different fall styles and here are the clothes that I wish to purchase! These are all currently available at the store websites.

What key pieces will you be purchasing this fall?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fall Back to School FOTD

I hate to say it...
.... but summer is nearing its end and school is starting again. :( That means it is also time for back to school makeup! As a college student, I know that there is not a lot of time in the morning for going all out in your makeup look. The key is to keep it simple with only one or two neutral eye shadows and few products that can be worn everyday. This look can be worn with or without foundation and powder. I chose to use my foundation because I like wearing it lol.

How I got this look...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense 38

So I know we are moving into the fall season and this is not a typical fall lipstick color..but I couldn't resist.. I bought the Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in shade 38 which is a coral with a satin finish.
 The Rouge Artist Intense line by Make Up Forever has 50 different lipstick shades that come in either a matte, satin, or pearly finish. They are very pigmented and true to their color. You pick these lipsticks up at Sephora for $19.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blue Smokey Eye FOTD

Blue is an eye shadow color that looks amazing on all eye colors and skin tones. Certain shades of blue can be worn as a very dramatic look for going out while other shades can be worn more subtly for every day.  Here is a more dramatic blue smokey eye that I came up with...

What I used..

Bare Minerals Prime Time Oil Control Primer
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer in medium 
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in wheat
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in 325
E.L.F Bronzing Powder (from the contour compact)
(No blush! lol just realized that I didn't use any)

Urban Decay e/s in Buck

Mac Paint Pot in Painterly
E.L.F. Navy Blue e/s on lid and on lower lash line (from one of their palettes)
Urban Decay e/s in Haight in crease and outer v
Urban Decay e/s in Oil Slick on outer v
Urban Decay e/s in Sidecar in tear duct
Urban Decay e/s in Virgin under brow
Mac Eye Kohl in Smolder for tight lining and smudged on upper lash line
Loreal Voluminous Mascara 

Mac Velvet Teddy Lipstick
Random lip gloss on top

Sunday, August 14, 2011

August Birchbox Goodies!

As most of you know already, Birchbox is a membership that provides beauty samples delivered each month for only $10 a month. It customizes your beauty samples based on a series of questions that you answer when signing up. It is a good way to get your fix of buying new products! Check out Birchbox's websiten here! Birchbox dedicated the month of August to "Beauty Innovations". Here is what I received...
Love the packaging!

First is the Befine Exfoliating Cleanser. This is a scrub that contains brown sugar, sweet almond, and oats. This cleanser smells like brown sugar and is very grainy. It was almost too rough for my liking but after I used it my skin felt so soft! This is available on the Birchbox website for $25. I will not be purchasing this because I like my St. Ive's Apricot Scrub better. 

To go along with the exfoliating scrub, they sent me the Befine Night Cream. This is a cream that you put on your face at night and it is supposed to improve your skin tone overnight with it's cocoa, rice bran, and millet. It is fragrance, allergen, and paraben free. I loved this cream! I could actually tell that it made a difference in my skin tone and acne breakouts. It also made my skin feel extremely smooth and soft. This is available on Birchbox's website for $30. I will be purchasing this night cream because I loved it so much! 

Next up is Blinc mascara. This mascara forms tubes around your lashes and it claims to not flake, smudge, or run. This mascara has a non-curved wand which actually hurt my eyelids when trying to get the product at the base of my lashes. It made my lashes very dark black but it did nothing for length or volume which is what I care about most in a mascara. This is available on the Birchbox website for $24. I will not be purchasing this because I did not like this mascara AT ALL.

They also sent me the Lift Lab Lift and Fix High Potency Solution. This is supposed to reduce redness and irritation and protect against premature signs of aging. I only used this twice; once under my eyes and once all over my face. I noticed that it did make some of the red spots on my face more toned down. This is available on the Birchbox website for $85. I will not be purchasing this due to the price and that I do not think I need it.
A sample of Kate Spade's Twirl perfume was included. I'm not really good at describing fragerance smells haha! The website describes it as a "fruity floral that is suitable for the office as it is for a cocktail party". I have almost used the whole sample of this because it smells so good! I have gotten many compliments on it also! This is available on the Birchbox website for $80 for 3.4 fl. oz. I will not be purchasing this only due to the price. I am going to look at other stores to see if they have this perfume in lesser quantity for less money.
This was just an extra little thing added in my birchbox. :) It is a hair rubber band that claims to "look as good on your wrist as it does in your hair". I really liked this rubber band. It stretches well and holds my hair equally as well. I don't know if it looks that good on my wrist

We had a grand opening of a Sephora in our JC Penny and the first 50 people in line received this gift bag along with a gift card worth $5, $50, or $100. I got there at 6:30 in the morning and waited til 10:00 when they opened (love sephora much?). I only got the $5 gift card. :( It was still a good time though. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Makeup Brush Organization

I just recently received my Sigma complete brush set in the mail (So excited!) and I needed a way to store them so they are easily accessible. I had seen this way of organizing them from many girls on Youtube and it works amazing and is inexpensive!
 I bought the two glass bowls from the dollar store (for obviously a dollar lol). You can get these from anywhere but they will be a little more expensive. I got two instead of one big glass bowl in order to seperate my face brushes from my eye brushes. In the bowls, I put sand that I picked up for $2.99 from Michael's arts and crafts store. I was going to put black colored sand in them for a cooler look but I didn't want the black color to rub off on the handles of the brushes. 
If you want you can also decorate the glass bowls with stick on rhinestones or studs.  :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

MAC Cork VS. Urban Decay Buck

Looking at MAC's Cork eye shadow and Urban Decay's Buck eye shadow in the pan it is hard to tell the difference between the two. They are both very good for use above the crease and blending out darker eye shadows.  But, when using them there are differences in these two eye shadows.
When swatched, you can tell that MAC's Cork has more red in it than Buck does. The texture and color payoff is also very different. The Color payoff of Cork is excellent. It only took me a couple swipes to get the color achieved in the picture.  The texture of Cork is very smooth and easily blendable. You can purchase MAC (Cork) eye shadow in any Mac store or the online store for $15 for the standalone eyeshadow, or $11.50 for the palette refill pan.

Buck, on the other hand, took many swipes of the product to achieve it's color in the picture. It did not go on very smoothly and is very less pigmented than Cork.  Urban Decay does not sell single eye shadows of Buck. It is only available in the Urban Decay Naked Palette for $48 at Sephora, Ulta, or Urban Decay's website. 

I know a lot of people like the color Buck by Urban Decay but in my opinion, Cork is a better quality eye shadow all around.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hard Candy Fox in a Box Blush

Here is Hard Candy's Fox in a Box blush in Skinny Dipping (love the name!). 
First off, I love the packaging on this. It comes in a little box (kind of like Benefit's blushes) with a magnetic lid. The design on the box is really pretty also :). I do not like the brush that comes with it, it is pretty much useless. 
It comes with two colors inside: one is a very orangey coral color the other is a taupey pink. The color payoff is pretty good for it being an inexpensive brand. The directions say to mix the colors together but I like using them separate from each other (especially the coral). These colors are very matte with only a very slight hint of shimmer. 

Here is the colors in the very bright summer sun!
Overall I think this is a very good product if you are looking for an inexpensive coral blush. The Hard Candy brand is found at Wal Mart. You get 5.7 grams for around 6 dollars so it's definitely worth trying!