Sunday, December 13, 2009

Urban Decay 'Fbomb' Swatch and Review

This is what Urban Decay's 'Fbomb' nail polish looks like on me.  I apologize for the wear on the edges, I have been wearing this color for a few days now (and it's lasting nicely!)  As you can see, it is a bold yet soft, fairly retro looking red.  It is not a deep red (like a lot of blood reds that you are seeing nowadays) and it is not a full on, fire engine red either.  I think that it falls somewhere in between and is a nice red to reach for when you want a red that is not the normal orange red that you would most often see.

The application was smooth and I think that this polish (along with all of Urban Decay's polishes) last for a good amount of time.  I don't have any complaints, I definitely think that there polishes are a good investment! 

What do you think of Urban Decay's nail polishes?  What is your Urban Decay polish?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Eyeko Magic Mascara Review

I received Eyeko Magic Mascara not too long ago and let me tell you, I LOVE IT!  It lengthens, goes on nice and inky (just the way I like it) and easily gets every lash.  I highly recommend it!  The casing is super cute and I love the way it looks on my bathroom counter.  Honestly, there really are not any real cons to this mascara, I really like it!  Eyeko has yet to dissapoint me!

Pros - lengthening, applies nice and black, large amount (will last a long time), large wand but you can get to every lash with it, attractive case/packaging.

Cons - you get a lot of mascara in this tube, could be hard to use it all before you need to throw it out and get another one.  Remember to replace you mascara often!

Click on the link to the left to check out Eyeko, you'll get a free gift if you order using code: E4321
I love free gifts and I am sure everyone else does too!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Urban Decay 'White Widow' Nail Polish Swatch & Review

This is Urban Decay's new polish, 'White Widow.'  I think that the color of this polish is really hard to accurately capture.  It's like a white creme/slight shimmer with a touch of purple and a touch of mushroom/brown color.  In a dimly lit place, I really pick up a slight purple color when I look at it. 

I like it and I don't like it at the same time.  This was three coats and I have to say out of all the Urban Decay polishes I have tried so far, I am most dissappointed with this one.  It applied with streaks and was hard to control.  I don't think this color works too well on my skintone so I don't think I will be reaching for it in the future.

What do you think?  Have you tried this polish or any of the other ones Urban Decay has recently released yet?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lime Crime Lipsticks, 'D'Lilac' & 'My Beautiful Rocket' Swatches & Review

I got my package of two lipsticks that I ordered from Lime Crime Makeup yesterday!  I preordered these and they arrived just in time to be used for Halloween and also for all of the upcoming festivities that I have!

As you can see the packing is super cute, holographic unicorns on each tube of lipstick make for a 'gleeful' time when re-applying.  Doe Deere is a strong believer that when you apply lipstick, it should be an artful process, not something that should be done hidden in the depths of a bathroom.  I definitely would not be ashamed to take of this lipstick and apply it in front of everyone, what a conversation starter it would be!

Above: This is what D'Lilac looks like on my lips.  I have really been in love with lilac colors as of late, I think it exudes a sort of Cyberpunk sort of look and I am really smitten with this lipstick.  In fact, I am wearing it today to work!  I love the way it mutes out the natural color of lips and really speaks for itself!

Above: This is what My Beautiful Rocket looks like on my lips.  A beautiful, pure orange without any red undertones.  Exactly what I have been looking for in an orange lipstick!

I would definitely recommend applying these lipsticks with a lipbrush for precise application or I would advise applying slowly to make sure you get a nice crisp line (especially on the lower lip).

Pros - a multitude of colors you won't find any where else, lasts on the lips for quite awhile before reapplying is needed, fast shipping/packaged well, pure glee every time you put it on!

Cons - kind of expensive ($16 for one lipstick), a bit dry when you first put it on (I would apply a bit of chapstick/Carmex to prep the lips before applying), bright colors make for a statement so try to apply it as best as you can (watch for messiness!).

Overall, I have to say that I am in love with Lime Crime Makeup and what Doe Deere has to offer.  She gives you a multitude of colors (both with these new lipsticks and the existing eyeshadows that are sold) that you cannot find anywhere else.  I am impressed with Doe Deere's ability to be both inspiring as well as a teacher through her work with her cosmetics line and I am sure she will continue to revolutionize what it means to wear makeup and how you make a statement with it!  If anything, I would buy one color just to be part of the experience!  I am sure at some point in the future, I will be buying myself another color from the site!

Check out the lipstick shades that are offered by Lime Crime Makeup by clicking here!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Computer Update

Hey everyone,

I broke my computer last night so I will try my best to get a new one as soon as I can so that I can resume with regular/normal updates.

Thank you for your understanding and patience until I get back into the swing of things.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Clinique 'Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer' Review

According to Clinique, Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer (for Dry Combination Skin) can be described as follows:
No matter how well you protect your skin, sun, stress and pollution bring daily damage. Now a potent moisturizer works overnight to deliver a unique complex of eight rapid and delayed-release antioxidants that defuse this free-radical activity. Helps keep skin strong and prevent visible signs of aging.
When I first tried this moisturizer, I didn't like it that much. I think I had an initial reaction when I applied it and it made my skin feel dry in the morning when I woke up. However, a few weeks later, I tried it again and now I have been applying it every night with out any problems. 

This lotion is rich and creamy feeling, a little goes a long way.  I don't have any wrinkles really (yet!) but I want to protect and help my skin repair itself after being in the California sun every day. Basically, I am using this as a preventative measure so I apply it to my face and neck at night.  When I wake up in the morning, I just splash my face with water and use a warm washcloth against it and I feel good as new.

Pros - A little goes a long way, a bottle will last a long time, moisturizes well, feels good on the skin, light scent (no strong perfume smell), I think it could be used in any climate.

Cons - expensive (around $42 depending on where you get it).

Remember!  There is a great gift with purchase going on at Macy's right now (online and in the store). You can click here to see the description of the gift with purchase on Macy's website!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Urban Decay - 'Grunge' Nail Polish Swatch & Review

Here is what Urban Decay's nail polish, 'Grunge,' looks like. It is one of the nail polishes featured in the Apocalyptic Nail Kit.

It's a deep blue, almost black in color. Not quite navy, not metallic but it still holds some of these qualities. The shimmer that it has is very slight and doesn't feel rough to the touch like some shimmers can. This polish applied easily, dried quickly (I have a coat of Seche Vite as a topcoat). I am in love with the little bottles because I never use an entire bottle of nail polish and I think I might actually be able to do that with these.

I really like it but I am fond of dark nail polishes and a lot of the colors in this Apocalyptic Nail Kit are dark, bold or vampy in some way.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sally Hansen 'Nail Art Pen' Review

I had been wanting to get a few of these pens for a quite awhile and I finally picked myself up two of them a few weeks ago. I got the white one and the black one as it seemed like they would be the two that I would most likely want to put designs on with.

Overall, I am not that impressed with them. They are easy to use but require several coats for it to be opaque and not see through, I wish they applied thicker like normal nail polish. And if you don't put a top coat on right away (and apply it nice and thick), they wash off!

I feel like it's kind of like using Crayola markers or something to draw on your nails, just doesn't apply how I would like it to. I would rather use a skinny tipped brush like the L.A. Colors Art Deco nail polish. I have liked the results I have seen with that brand and I will have to try it sometime.

Pros - Easy to use (holds just like a pen), variety of colors, endless possibilities for designs. Check out
this advertisement, for ideas!

Cons - Washes off if you miss any part of the top coat (which is good if you get some on your skin), hard to use with a non-dominant hand, have to apply several coats (i.e., you want to do a french manicure, apply white to the tips several times to make it white enough), kind of pricey (around $7 for one pen - watch for coupons you could use if you want to pick some up!)

Also, I don't know about other locations but in Southern California, these are constantly sold out at all the stores, the only colors that are ever left are ones like light pink or navy blue.
Have you found this to be the same for you? What do you think of these nail pens?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Clinique 'Lash Doubling Mascara' Swatch

Here is a look at what Clinique's 'Lash Doubling Mascara,' looks like on my eye.

You can see my review on this mascara by clicking here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Clinique 'Lash Doubling Mascara' Review

I think that Clinique's 'Lash Doubling Mascara,' is an incredibly great mascara. I got a sample size of it a little while ago in one of those gift with purchase specials at Nordstrom's.

The first time I tried it, I didn't think much of it. In fact, I thought it flaked all over my cheeks as the day wore on. But it must have been the eyeshadow or something that I was wearing because I have been reaching for this every day now for about the past two weeks and I love it! I literally have no complaints about it.

Pros - Lengthens, deep/inky black, separates each lash, can apply multiple coats, lasts all day, easy to wash off and remove with a normal makeup remover, doesn't make my lashes feel dry or brittle, affordable ($14 at Macy's), the wand allows you to maneuver it with ease to reach all the lashes you want to coat with the mascara.

Cons - I can't think of one, I really am impressed with this formula.

There is a great gift with purchase going on at Macy's right now (online and in the store). You can click here to see the description of the gift with purchase on Macy's website!

I will post pictures of what this mascara looks like on my eyes tomorrow. Let me know if you like this mascara as much as I do or if you have any other suggestions. I'd love to hear what you all think!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

"Phisoderm 'Deep Cleaning Cream Cleanser' for Normal to Dry Skin" Review

I got 'Phisoderm Deep Cleaning Cream Cleanser' after my Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash ran out. I figured I might as well try something new/different and let everyone know what I think about it. I was intrigued by the idea of a cream cleanser since with Fall arriving and the weather turning a bit cooler, my skin has been really dry and tight feeling.

According to Phisoderm, this cream cleanser:
  • Thoroughly removes dirt, oil and makeup without drying the skin. Vitamin E helps moisturize, while natural aloe and chamomile soothe and soften skin.
  • Is pH Balanced
  • Is for normal to dry skin
  • Dermatologist recommended
  • Alcohol free
  • Soap free
  • Aloe and chamomile to help nourish the skin

Pros - Removes makeup thoroughly, leaves skin feeling soft and not tight, lightly moisturizing, affordable, rinses fairly clean, bottle will last a long time, sturdy bottle, pump top allows for ease and control of how much product comes out.

Cons - Doesn't entirely remove waterproof cosmetics, I wish the cap/pump was a different color, smells a bit perfumey (might not be good for people with sensitive skin).

Phisoderm has a bunch of different cleansers that can be chosen based on whatever skin type you have. I think overall, this isn't that bad of a cleanser. I would like to check out their moisturizing products and see how I like those as well.

What's your favorite face wash? Have you tried any Phisoderm products? I'd love to hear what you think!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lime Crime 'Enchant' & 'Fairy Wings' Swatches & Review

Here are swatches of Lime Crime Magic Dusts, 'Enchant' and 'Fairy Dust.'
These are swatched over Too Faced Shadow Insurance.


Pros - You can see that 'Enchant' is a kind of grayish, dusky green color, it's good for a smoky eye look that is slightly out of the ordinary. I especially like it applied wet.

'Fairy Wings' was really hard to photograph (I apologize), it has sparks of violet and looks beautiful layered over another color (like layered over black). Since I think it's more appropriate as a layering color or a sheer wash on it's own, I would never apply it wet but I thought you guys might like to see that. I also like to use it as a highlight to my brow and cheekbone.

These shadows last a long time (product & wear-wise) so they are well worth the investment and would be especially for colors that you can't find anywhere else!

Cons - The one thing I do not like about these shadows is the container, they spill easily and do not seal tightly, causing me to get violet sparkles all over my bathroom, makeup case, etc. I find it annoying and I am tempted to transfer them into better containers.

I am definitely going to check out more Lime Crime shadows in the future, Doe Deere just revamped the website and they are now offering double the amount of product for the same price! I am for sure going to get some of the brighter pigments in the future.

Go to Lime Crime Makeup to see more color options and to buy a few for yourself!

Does anyone else have these shadows (or other Lime Crime products)? How do you like them?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Urban Decay - 'Meltdown' Nail Polish Swatch & Review

Here is what Urban's Decay new nail polish, 'Meltdown,' looks like. It is one of the nail polishes featured in the Apocalyptic Nail Kit. I think it photographs on the blue side but trust me, this is a purple nail polish.

I am in love with this bold, vibrant purple. It has an almost metallic finish to it that I feel is very modern, chic and edgy. I can't wait to continue trying the other colors I have received and I will be sure to share them with you all! I don't think there are any cons with this polish. It applied easily, dried fast, was true to color, etc. I think it is all around excellent.

'Neutrogena Clean Replenishing Shampoo' Review

I was looking for a shampoo that I could alternate with this more creamy, rich Japanese shampoo I am using. The Japanese shampoo has a tendency to leave a lot of residue after a couple of uses and I needed to switch it up. I thought about buying a more expensive brand (after the recommendation from some fellow makeup/product lovers on but I decided to get something more affordable.

Low and behold, Neutrogena Clean Replenishing Shampoo.

I love this shampoo. It has a clean, subtle scent which I look forward to and does an excellent job of getting hairspray, etc. out of my hair. I also enjoy the package design, it's kind of minimalistic and sharp looking. I love a clear bottle that shows you how much shampoo you have left. I think I will definitely be buying more of this in the future.
Pros - rinses clean, smells light and wonderful, modern/clean package design, affordable, don't need a lot of product to get it to foam and clean your hair, moisturizing.
Cons - I got this at Target and I wish there was a conditioner to coincide with it, my Target doesn't offer it but I am sure other places do.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

'Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh (The Art of Make-Up EFX)' Review

See a preview of the documentary on Starz.

I just watched 'Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh (The Art of Make-Up EFX),' which is a movie on Netflix through their Instant Watch feature. Overall, I was really impressed with it. The documentary had a lot of emphasis placed on horror movies (which aren't my favorite) but there was also the inclusion of other films that have used a lot of special makeup effects. Films such as: The Chronicles of Narnia, Planet of the Apes, Total Recall (love this one!), Kill Bill, etc.

I also liked this movie because even though there was a lot of discussion about the director of a movie, the artistic vision, intended style, etc. there was a lot of focus on key individuals who have revolutionized makeup artistry and changed the way that people have done special effects. I like that this documentary gave these individuals for the inventive and imaginative work that they have done. I was really touched by the beliefs and practices of people like Dick Smith (The Exorcist & Amadeus), who has exemplified to other artists over the years, his willingness to pass on what he knows about the industry and what tricks will gain what effect.

If you have an hour or so, definitely check out this movie, I think it's enlightening, takes you behind the scenes, shows you how a few tricky things have been done and reminds of you of movies that have altered the way that people see things and what can become of a movie.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II" Swatches & Review

I just got the new 'Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II' eyeshadow palette in the mail yesterday. I couldn't wait to share it with you all! It is available on Urban Decay's website right now as well as other sites like Sephora.

All swatches seen below are over 'Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner,' which I received a sample tube of at Sephora! (See product info on Sephora).

As you can see, these eyeshadows are pigmented and lovely as usual. The ones with asterisks next to them are new shades that are currently only available in this palette. The colors range from subdued to sparkly and bold. I think this is an excellent palette that can suit both day and nighttime wear.
Here are swatches of what each of the eyeliner's look like that come with this palette. I swatched them both with and without primer, just as an experiment. I actually think they are just a tad more vibrant without primer and I like them better that way.

You can see in this picture that this palette has a pull out drawer which reveals the eyeshadows, eyeliners and makeup primer. There is also a mirror which stays shut with a hidden magnetic closure and a little book of 'inspiration' is hidden beneath the two doors with the peacock feather print on them. I personally don't think the mirror is necessary but I know there are people out there that appreciate that feature.

Pros - affordable (when you do the math, this equals $3/eyeshadow, not even counting the primer & eyeliners), good pigmentation, sturdy construction (I feel like I could carry it around & it wouldn't break), good size pans of eyeshadow, good range of glitter and matte eyeshadows, suitable colors for both day and night, will last a long time.

Cons- the drawer that pulls the eyeshadows out can get annoying and stuck-feeling, I wish it opened like a compact instead.

I really like this palette and I can't wait to show you guys some looks that I do with it! Soon to come!

What do you guys think of this palette as well as Urban Decay's other Holiday releases?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Coastal Scents 'Fusion' Lip Gloss Swatch and Review

Here is a swatch of 'Fusion' by Coastal Scents, I threw this color in when I ordered the Camo Quad that they just came out with (review here.)

Overall, I really wish this gloss was more pigmented that it is, I have these glosses in a few other colors (Strunt on Nude, Monroe A Go Go, Mega Mauve & Near Peach) and I think that it their only downfall. They are much more sheer that they appear that they would be in the tube. I like that this is 'wearable' but I was keeping my fingers crossed for something that would really pop when I put it on.

Pros - Easy application, small/easy to fit in a pocket, purse or bag, affordable (they lowered the price since they first came out!), variety of pinks, nudes and peaches; not sticky, smooth feeling on the lips.

Cons - Not nearly pigmented enough, especially with the lip trends going on right now, the brush/cap can feel cheap (bristles stick out funny) and the stopper can pop out and get stuck in the cap - resulting in a messy situation. Be careful when you first open to see if you got one that is going to come apart!

What are your favorite lip glosses, lipsticks, etc.? Which ones have the pigmentation you have been looking for?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Coastal Scents Camo Quad (Concealer) Swatches & Review

This is the new Camo Quad that just came out and is available at Coastal Scents. It is a good size compact, fits in the palm of the hand. Anything to help with dark circles and dullness is something that I am definitely interested in! You can get similar palettes from lines like Ben Nye, Makeup Forever, etc. but this is a more affordable choice for the average buyer.

According to Coastal Scents:

4 primary corrector shades: cream color correctors: Apply to clean and moisturized skin prior to using foundation; can be used on any area of external skin with imperfections.

  • Mint Green - use to cover rosacea or red skin conditions; mint neutralizes redness; great for broken capillaries around the sides of the nose and cheeks.
  • Yellow - used to cover and hide black, blue or purple imperfections of the skin such as blemishes.
  • Lavender - use to even out skin tones such as too much yellow; correcting olive skin/ offers an overall balanced finish and healthy glow.
  • Sky Blue - counteracts orange tones caused from uneven or too much tanning/self tanners/sun; neutralizes dark circles.

Pros: Nice/buildable coverage, applies smoothly, affordable palette (about $8!), multitude of corrective concealer choices to cover a wide-range of skin issues, good size - will last a long time, foundation applies easily over the top of it, clear lid so you can see what's inside.

Cons: Cream concealer may be too much coverage for those not used to wearing a lot of product on their skin, will take some practice for people not used to using concealers that don't match their skin tone.

Overall, I think this is an excellent correcting/concealer set. It's affordable, a nice size and the coverage is what I have been looking for. I can't wait to reach for this on the mornings when I need that extra help to appear "fresh-faced."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

'Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner' Swatches & Review

I really like the idea of glittery items like this being sold in smaller containers because I can never use up an entire full size container if I have one. That is why I think this Starry-Eyed Eyeliner set from Too Faced Cosmetics was a wonderful find for me. This was a set that was sold last year around Christmas time, you can still get these colors by themselves in their full-size versions so I figured swatches would be good for all to see!

Colors Include:
  • Super Freak (hot pink and rainbow glitter)
  • Ooh & Aah (black and silver glitter)
  • Stalkerazzi (brown glitter)
  • Mad Mad Love (light pink glitter)
Overall, I think these are great glitter eyeliners. The brush can be a bit weird on them, it would be nice if it was even thinner for more precise application. The color payoff is fantastic!

Pros - fun, bright colors that can be applied in a subdued manner or with a heavy hand for extra attention, stay on well without flaking, apply easily and smoothly.

Cons - sometimes my eyes are sensitive to these liners and feel a bit dry and itchy there the liner is applied (important note to those with sensitive skin/eyes), can be hard to wash off, sometimes hard to get enough product on the brush due to the shape of the container.

Keep an eye out for this gift set to still be available some places, it's well worth the price and the set was being sold everywhere last year, you never know who might still have a set or two lying around!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Modcloth Octopus Necklace & A StudioHalo 'Heart' Necklace

I wanted to share two of my favorite necklaces (at the moment) with you:

This first one, my octopus necklace, which you can get on Modcloth. I just really love the look of this one. I opted to get the bronze/gold one instead of the silver because I wanted to make sure you could see the contrast of the detail on the tentacles, eyes, etc. and looking at the pictures on the site, it just didn't seem like you really could on the silver one. This necklace has a good weight to it and feels like it will last for awhile. I have gotten a ton of compliments on it and I think it really spices up a look. I highly suggest it!

My second necklace I received as a Christmas present this last year. It's an heart cut out of acrylic and is lasered engraved to show the veins and arteries. I think this is a stunning necklace. It's a fairly large size (approximately 2-1/2" x 3-1/2") so it can really be worn as a 'show piece' that speaks for itself. The color ranges while worn from being a vibrant red to a more dark, subdued red. It's hard to capture on film.

Since this rests against the skin and is large, it can feel kind of warm so I like to wear it in the Winter more than Summer or when it's warm out. Otherwise, it can feel a little uncomfortable rubbing against my skin. Other than that, I think it's a beautiful piece of jewelry!

I haven't been able to find this necklace anywhere online but I think I might have found the Etsy seller that this necklace was bought from. The seller is StudioHalo. It looks like this seller has taken a break but I am sure with enough encouragement from perspective buyers, they would get back into business soon!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sephora 'Nail Patch' Long Wear Nail Stickers

The color that I chose is #502: Black Strass (available from Sephora, I picked these up in the store - other colors are available online).

Eek! I really don't recommend these nail stickers. They are a pain to put on, even if they do apply quickly. They don't tear off easily at the tips after you stick them on, so you can see that I already having 'chipping' when I haven't even worn these stickers for an hour yet! The stickers also don't fit my nails properly and I don't think I have abnormally tiny fingers/fingernails. If you look at my thumb you can see how ill-fitting they are.

Pros - Nice not to have to wait for polish to dry, I think this Black Strass is a nice, glittery color that isn't too flashy but gives me a little pop in what I have on my nails.

Cons - Poor fit, hard to find ones in the package that fit well, hard to get even two uses out of one package (not cost effective), don't tear off easily which can leave jagged edges at the tips, there aren't many color options both in-store and online.

Overall, I don't think anyone should buy these except for the convenience that they give. If anyone is going to be looking closely at your nails, do not reach for these. They won't give you a clean look unless you happen to be a whiz with them. If they fit better and tore off smoothly at the tips then I would be all for them but until that happens, I think I'll stick with regular bottles of nail polish.

Benefit 'Eyecon' Eye Cream

I started using this eye cream about a month ago. I have been trying to be good about moisturizing my skin regularly and I have started to get an interest in using something other than just a regular moisturizer with SPF (I use Oil of Olay every morning). When I saw that this cream was supposed to help with under eye circles, I was intrigued. I perceive my under eye circles to be worse than they probably are but nonetheless, I still think that under eye circles are something that both men and women deal with. 'If I can use a cream to fade them or at least help them, why not?' I thought.

Well, this cream doesn't do anything it claims, it doesn't fade or make under eye circles appear any different than they normally do. I didn't notice any change other than a nice, moist eye area from putting this cream on every morning and night for the past month.

Pros - moisturizes eye area, absorbs into skin quickly, light feeling, hardly any scent.

Cons - expensive for the amount you get, even if it does last for a long time. Does not fade dark circles, reduce puffiness, etc. I don't think it doesn't anything it claims except moisturize.

Here's a picture from when I first started using the cream a month ago:
Here is a picture from this morning.

See? Hardly any difference. Don't waste your money on this one. It's moisturizing and that's nice but it doesn't do anything to fade dark circles or aid the eye area is any other way. I think if you are looking for a moisturizing eye cream, there are a lot of different and probably better choices. As of right now, I think Benefit should stick with the cosmetics and not go into lotions, creams or other regimens.

Do you have any suggestions for an eye cream? I'd love to hear what you use and love!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Avon 'Planet Spa' Hawaiian Thermal Volcano Warming Face Mask

I am a big fan of face masks and I have to say that this is one of the most interesting face masks that I own.

First off, it's almost like it's not even a face mask, more like a super, creamy face wash that heats when rubbed or in contact with water. This mask doesn't dry like traditional clay or 'gel' masks that you peel or rinse off. It stays more tacky and sticky to the touch but you can feel it opening your pores and working to stimulate the facial skin (or wherever you apply it). It has macadamia nut oil, which leaves my skin feeling moisturized and smooth.

Pros - Warming, feels like it increases circulation, relaxing, nice/soothing scent (not overpowering), washes clean, affordable, one bottle lasts a long time, moisturizing, smoothing.

Cons - Gets really warm when rubbed or when water touches it, could be very shocking or uncomfortable for some. The exfoliating particles might annoy those with sensitive skin, due to the fact that the pores are being opened by the warmth.

In the directions, it says to use this mask once daily but I think that's far too much, once a week would be better.

Overall, I really recommend this to people that like face masks and don't have incredibly sensitive skin (I think the combined heat and exfoliation would be too much for that skin type). I like that it's not a traditional face mask and that it is a twist on what we have come to expect from them.

Avon doesn't send this anymore but you can still get it from people who are selling it on eBay or other sites. Give it a chance!

What face masks do you suggest or recommend? Any favorites or secret recipes?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Eyeko Concealer, Highlighting Pen and Tinted Creme

I figured I would give you my opinion on all three of these products at once, since you can get them in a special value set right now (which means less money!) - it is available here!

Larissa at Eyeko was nice enough to send these products for me to review - thank you very much, Larissa! (I was SO excited to get them, especially the Highlighting pen).

Touch and Glow Highlighter - This is my favorite item out of the three. This easy to use pen can be used with just a few twists and you have all the product that you need and it is ready to go. Just apply it to your brow bone, the inner corners of your eyes, the tops of your cheeks, wherever you want their to be a glint of shimmer. I think that this would work on almost all skin tones and would provide the shimmer (or glow) you are looking for without being too glittery. I cannot think of any cons with this product, I think it is well worth the money and "cute" to boot! I already find myself reaching for it every morning!

Touch and Go Concealer - I'm really disappointed that Eyeko doesn't offer this concealer in a variety of shades. Having a generic skin tone color does not work for a majority of people. For me, this concealer is too dark/too yellow and doesn't do anything to offset the bluish undereye circles that I try to cover. On top of being too dark, I don't think it offers enough coverage as a concealer. I think it's more like a tinting that occurs rather than giving coverage.

I would not buy this, it's not worth the money, and I don't think the majority of people would find it useful to conceal undereye circles or anything needing 'heavy' coverage. The pros of this product would be that it is cute, portable and isn't at all messy when you are using it. Overall, If you're lucky enough to have a medium skin tone, with yellow undertones, then give this a try, it might work for you.

Eyeko Tinted Cream - Bronzing or tinting cream is not something I would normally buy. I don't tan (I wear sunscreen all the time) and personally, it's not the aesthetic that I am normally wanting for myself. Nonetheless, I do admire a sun kissed glow on other people and for that I think this cream is great. As you can see in the picture below, it's a dark, golden, copper color. I feel that when used sparingly (very sparingly), it does give off an excellent, youthful "glow" that so many people are after.

I also love that this cream is infused with jojoba oil and infused with vitamins. I feel that if you want a sun kissed look, it is much better to go after it through creams and tints like this rather than going to the tanning booth or sitting outside. It's so important to protect yourself from the sun!

Overall, this cream is an excellent value, the container is fairly large, with a screw-on lid, which allows you to bring it with you without worrying about it spilling or exploding all over your bag. Definitely order it if you like a tanned/bronzed look and want to nourish your skin at the same time!

Remember, Eyeko offers FREE shipping on all orders. If you order, use the Code: E4321 - you'll get a free gift!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Blasphemous Girl Designs, The †[Blasfemary]† Ring, Necklace & Oil Set

I got my order from Tairrie B. of Blasphemous Girl Designs in the mail a few days ago. Check out her store here!

Let me just start off by saying, 'yes! This is exactly what I have been waiting for!' From the moment I removed the envelope from my mailbox, I was in surrounded with the smell of the perfume that only Tairrie B. can create. I kept smelling the envelope all day long at work, just to make the anticipation of opening it when I got home that much better! I think that the cost of this package is almost worth it for the oil alone (which is notoriously hard to get ahold of, as she makes the vials/sets in limited quantities).

According to the description on her store site, the perfume has a secret recipe which contains the following:

Without giving away my secret I will say it captures the
essence of a sugary french vanilla birthday cake drenched in angel, dipped in
bergamot with a hint of nutmeg, a pinch of amaretto, a side of chocolate covered
cherries and a touch of Tairrie.

And I will say this - it is TRULY delightful and wonderful to be the owner of it.

The jewelry and other pieces that came in the package aid in creating the atmosphere that the perfume evokes. I think one could almost say that the pieces are created around the perfume, that is how much I think the perfume/oil can stand on it's own. I know for certain that when I wear these pieces, I will be proud of my purchase and feel fulfilled in what I ordered from her. I only hope that I have the willpower to not use the oil too fast because I don't know when I will be able to pick myself up some more!

Pictures of me wearing the jewelry soon to come!

Please be sure to check out her blog as well as her storefront!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Coastal Scents 'Gel Liner' Swatches

Coastal Scents gel liner's, Black and Deep Plum. I love Deep Plum and I don't wear it enough, I think it would be great to try as an eyeshadow base. Both are vibrant and true to color and apply cleanly and smoothly. They are shown here on clean skin, no base. My only complaint is that the black can be somewhat staining to the skin, but you just have to be careful while washing to make sure to thoroughly remove everything.

I highly recommend these liners! They are affordable, a lot comes in the container and they last forever both in application and wear! Coastal Scents offers a wonderful selection of colors, many of which I still want to get!

You can find these liners on Tell me, what gel/creme liners do you like? Any suggestions that will help me create that perfect cat eye?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

"Agent Provocateur: A Celebration of Femininity" Book Review

Agent Provocateur: A Celebration of Femininity by Joseph Corre & Serena Rees

I have a different edition of this book but I can't seem to find a picture of it right now. If you are into depictions of female sexuality through clothing (or the lack thereof), I think this is an intensely inspirational book. The collection of photographs that it holds is fantastic. Bright, bold, colorful, professional photographs, both of people you may know and people you may not. All laced throughout some interesting text discussing various facets of lingerie fashion, women's sexuality, etc.

I truly love that it portrays women are both "socially/traditionally" beautiful as well other portrayals of women. Not everyone is stick thin in this book and that is refreshing, considering we normally never see that in the average lingerie catalogue,etc. I like looking at the lingerie, the hairstyling and cosmetic looks used in the styled shoots, it's all there

I don't own anything by Agent Provocateur but I love looking at their lingerie, I think they have fun with it and anyone who is into lingerie gets what they are doing. The price ranges for the line might be geared more towards the "rich and famous" but I think anyone can walk away from looking at their inspirational photographs, window displays, etc. and feel fulfilled on some level of enjoyment.

I'm not saying that everyone should go out and spend hundreds of dollars on lingerie that they can't afford. I am saying that it doesn't hurt to do some "window shopping" online and daydream about what you would get if you could. And if you can get your hands on a used copy of Agent Provocateur: A Celebration of Femininity, I say go ahead and get it. It's fun to look through and get inspired by.

Do you own any other books by Agent Provocateur? How do they compare to how I feel about this book?

Monday, September 7, 2009

Avon 'Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion' Review

Avon's eye makeup remover is an excellent and affordable solution to removing stubborn cosmetics. I am thoroughly impressed with it's ability to remove waterproof mascara and eyeliner (cosmetics that I wear often).

All you need if a little bit dabbed onto a cottonball and it's able to remove everything that a normal facewash might not be able to. A second swipe over the eyes with a clean cottonball will remove anything that the product soaked one might have left behind.

Pros - effective, affordable (about $4 - watch for sales, I think I picked mine up for like 99 cents), only need a small amount of product, clean/fresh smelling, lightweight feel on the skin (feels like lotion), it isn't oily like some makeup removers, bottle lasts forever!

Cons - Leaves a very light residue (which I just remove with a splash of water at the end of my routine), other than that, the only thing I can think of is that it is inconvenient to have to pay shipping on items like this (makes them more expensive than they should be), so get on Avon's email list - they are always sending out free shippng codes, deals, etc.

Friday, September 4, 2009

'Heavenly Naturals Eyeshadow' Swatches

Here are some swatches for your viewing/shopping enjoyment!
You can get these eyeshadows on Heavenly Natural Beauty.

All swatches are over 'Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner,' which I received a generous sample tube of at Sephora! (See product info on Sephora).

I like these shadows, I think they have great pigmentation and staying power. I also think that the website offers a great variety of colors to satisfy every kind of person.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

'Eyeko Face Off Wipes' Review

Eyeko Face Off Wipes were on of the first things that caught my eye when I went to Eyeko's website. I was intrigued by the immensely 'cute' packaging and the idea of being able to tote around a little makeup wipe that not only works well but is not something your 'ashamed' to pull from your makeup bag.

*Pros - Attractive packaging, extremely portable, affordable (8 US dollars or £5 for twenty wipes), removes foundation and powdered makeup easily, brings to mind the idea that there can be a certain aesthetic in what you surround yourself with (I think it can really affect your mood).

*Cons - It would be nice if they were more moist, I found they lost the wetness they have sort of quickly, which makes it hard to remove eyeliner, mascara, etc. Also, the portable packaging is nice but bad for the environment. I think it would be even better if the packaging was "green" and biodegradable.

Overall, I think these wipes are great for a person who doesn't wear too much heavy or waterproof eyeliner, mascara, etc. I wear those cosmetics everyday, so these are something I probably won't be buying again. I also won't be using them up too quickly due to their extreme cuteness so I will be able to show them off for some time to come!

Monday, August 31, 2009

2009 Fall Beauty Trends [according to Sephora]

According to the latest catalogue from Sephora, the fall beauty trends are:

The Cat Eye - I love this, classic and looks fantastic on everyone!
Candy Colors - LOVE this trend that is happening right now! Check out Limecrime Makeup, for some seriously intense colors that I am sure you will fall in love with! (Review to be up in the near future). Also, check out Shrinkle (see picture above - that's her!) and you will be sure to be impressed with some hardcore inspirational looks!
Extreme Smoky Eye - I've always loved this! And I don't think people should only wear it at night, I think that wearing a smoky eye during the day is like your own little, secret confidence booster!
Gray Eyes - As in gray eyeshadow all around the eye - romantic and sweet, I love this as well.
Bold Brows - I've yet to pull this one off that well, I have light/thin brows and it's hard to get out of my comfort zone with that. I enjoy darkening them but making them appear larger or bushier brings me to a level of nervousness and insecurity. I DO love them on other people though (i.e., Kat Von D).
Big Hair - Maybe because I was born in the 80's, I have an innate sense that this is such a great look for women or men (with the right haircut of course). The higher the hair, the closer to God? Nonetheless, I love it, give me teased, back-combed hair (done with a a touch of classiness and intent to make it look good). It is wonderful that we are going to get to see it all around us!
Dark Lips - Love, love, love them! Bold, vampy, and altogether sultry. I think a dark lip can ooze confidence and sex appeal. I think it shows the rest of the world you are comfortable in who you are. And I definitely don't think it needs to be reserved just for that Friday-night-out.

What are some of your favorite brands to achieve some of these trends? Any recommendations for me?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Kat Von D Eyeshadow 'True Romance' Palette - Ludwig Swatches

Swatches from Kat Von D's True Romance Palette in Ludwig. These swatches are over 'Too Faced Shadow Insurance.'

Overall, I like the feel of these shadows. They are smooth, apply with vibrancy and last throughout the day (especially with a primer for the lids).

I think that this palette in particular is great for those who don't feel comfortable wearing really bright or 'loud' shadows, i.e. to work. I also think that is a great palette for those days when I want to reach for a champagne like color to pair with a cat eye for a pin-up look. 'Clay' and 'Downtown' really work for me when I want a nude/champagne color. They aren't too yellow like I sometimes find some "nude" eyeshadows appear on my skin, which makes me look sallow rather than sultry. That's not what I want!

I also really want to check out her new perfumes that she has (Saint & Sinner). I forgot to check them out the last time I was at Sephora, I will have to be sure to tell you all what I think of them.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Eyeko 'Vamp Polish' Review

A beautiful deep blue-black nail polish.

This is the second Eyeko nail polish that I have. The application on this polish is much better than the application was for 'Pretty Polish,' which you can read about below. As you can see, it is a rich, deep blue-black creme color. This is two coats with Seche Vite as a topcoat. Drying time was normal and this photo was taken after a day of wear.

*Pros - rich, creamy color. Average drying time and wear seems good for this polish. Super cute bottle, one I wouldn't be ashamed to display!

*Cons - Be careful with these bottles, they have a wide mouth to them and it would be easy to seal the lid shut if you get to much polish on the rim. Check before you screw on the lid.

As I stated yesterday, Eyeko Cosmetics, offers free shipping worldwide! You can use code: E4321 to get a free gift with purchase!

When I ordered from them, it took a little less than a week for my shipment from the United Kingdom to make it to California. I was pretty impressed!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Eyeko 'Pretty Polish' Review

Eyeko 'Pretty Polish' is a soft pink pastel color. I think that the color is super cute but the application was horrible. I had read that this would probably happen (on Scangie). But I thought, maybe, just maybe it would be different for me. Love the color, HATE the application, drying time and way that it dents easily for hours after applying it.

*Pros - lovely, feminine creme color. Perfect for people that are into light, non-threatening colors. Also has the cutest bottle design! Be sure to check them out!

*Cons - sheer, streaky application, this is with five coats - that's too many for the kind of lady that I am. This color takes forever to dry and it dented easily for be for about a whole day after I first applied it. It never seemed to completely dry.

I am going to review the other polish that I got, 'Vamp Polish,' tomorrow. I am hoping I will like it better because Eyeko seems to have some super cute things. They also offer free shipping on all orders which I think is fantastic!

You can view their nail polishes, as well as other cosmetics on their website,

Friday, August 21, 2009

Le Mirage 'Red Garnet' Manicure

I got a manicure last week, it was a lovely little treat for myself!
The nail polish was by Mirage and the color is 'Red Garnet.' I think that it photographed very warm, in a lot of lights, it was a much deeper red. Either way, I thought it was a great color, it made me feel feminine and bold without being too red, flashy and gaudy looking. I also think that it went on smooth and it lasted a long time without chipping.
You can buy this polish on Amazon!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash" Review

I love this face wash and everyone needs to know it.

You can get this cleanser at either Walgreens or Ulta, those are the only two places I have ever found it. It is affordable, in the $5 range and lasts for a long time. To use, all you need is wet your face, then take about a dime or nickel sized amount (depending how much cleaning you have to do), mix it with water and lather up. It removes makeup very well. For really stubborn or waterproof makeup, you could use a bit of makeup remover beforehand or just wash a second time to remove any extra that might still be left.

I feel it's gentle on the eye area and I can remove a majority of eyeliner/mascara without tugging or pulling at my eyes.

*Pros - reasonably priced, lasts a long time, clean/soapy scent, don't have to use much product, removes makeup well, skin feels clean and refreshed after using.

*Cons - can be slightly drying if used too often, I only use it in the evening when I really need to clean my face. Also, since it does last so long, you might get sick of it and want to switch it up with another cleanser from time to time.